The copper coin in the image above was found by a metal-detectorist at a metal-detectign rally last month. Keith Sugden, Curator of Numismatics has identified it as a “Greek Imperial” coin (i.e. a Roman coin struck in one of the Greek cities of the empire). It shows the Emperor Commodus (177-192 AD) and the piece was produced in Corcyra (modern Corfu). The god in the shrine on the reverse is Agreus.
As Keith himself has shown with his publication of a hoard of Alexandrian tetradrachms found in Manchester, such coins did not normally circulate in Roman Britain and we might speculate upon the circumstances which led to a Greek Imperial issue of the island of Corfu ending up in North-West Britain. Was it perhaps brought back to the North-West by a soldier returning from service in the Eastern Mediterranean after the First or the Second World War? Such discoveries have been documented in the past.