Roman coin hoard found by metal detectorists in Leominster

Roman coin hoard found by metal detectorists in Leominster

Roman coin hoard found by metal detectorists in Leominster

Two metal detector enthusiasts find a hoard of over 500 Roman coins in a Herefordshire field, the British Museum has announced. The 518 mixed coins, found near Leominster, were put in clothes bags and hidden in a leather satchel in the ground.

Experts claim that coins have been purposely buried for unrest or robbery terror. The British Museum has said that the discovery of hedges so well preserved was very rare.

The British Museum says the coins are an ‘amazing find’

The hoard was discovered in July 2013 by Jeremy Daw and Martin Fulloway, paramedics and metal detector enthusiasts.

The news of the find has only just been made public by the British Museum.

Mr Fulloway said: “We thought it might be a horse shoe or something rubbish.

The earth was x-rayed and examined by experts
The hoard was declared treasure trove

“As we were digging down through the soil with our hands, I spotted Jeremy had a handful of Roman coins.

“I said, ‘Stop. I think we’ve got a hoard.'”

Mr Fulloway said four of the coins were stuck to a stone, while others were in the loose soil.

“It’s not quite the Staffordshire hoard but for Herefordshire it’s nice. For me to have my first Roman hoard, it’s a dream come true.”

Mr Daw said the coins were possibly buried during a time of unrest in the Roman empire.

“It’s been in the ground for 1,700 years and we are the first people to touch it,” he said.

“We looked at each other and punched the air.”

The earth was x-rayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and then examined by the British Museum.

Mr Daw and Mr Fulloway, pictured with the landowners and Mr Daw’s granddaughter, ‘punched the air’ when they realised what they had found

The coins range from from AD 260 to circa 290 and include eight coins of the Britannic Empire.

The hoard was declared treasure trove in June by the Hereford coroner and will now be valued by the British Museum.

The value will then be shared with the two finders, landowner and Hereford and Leominster Museum.

Peter Reavill, a finds officer for the British Museum, said: “This is one of the best-preserved coin hoards I have seen.”

He said he hoped funds would be raised to keep the collection in the county.

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