copper medal was struck to commemorate the opening of the new Roman
Legionary Museum in Caerleon in 1987.
1300 copper medals were struck by David Holland of the Bigbury Mint.
900 were given to local school children and another 250 were struck
at the amphitheatre for the Isca Festival on June 13th, 1987. Those
produced in Caerleon are often slightly offset, as is the one pictured
addition, 350 silver medals were struck bearing the same design, these
were given as commemorative gifts to dignitaries or sold in the museum
by G C Boon, the one side shows the original porch of 1850 and bears
the text: "ROMAN LEGIONARY MUSEUM CAERLEON 1850 - 1987."
The other shows the Capricorn symbol adopted by Augustus, the founder
of Caerleon's Roman Legion (LEGIO II AVGVSTA); the text reads: "FEL
TEMP REPARATIO" (FELIX TEMPORUM REPARATIO) which rather appropriately
translates as: "Happy renewal of the times."
thanks to Norman Stevens for the photographs and the Roman Legionary
Museum for the background information.