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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Frome Coin Hoard - Archive 2010




The Frome Hoard is a hoard of 52,503 Roman coins found in April 2010 by metal detectorist Dave Crisp near Frome in Somerset, England.The coins were contained in a ceramic pot 45 cm (18 in) in diameter,and date from AD 253 to 305.

Most of the coins are made from debased silver or bronze.The hoard is one of the largest ever found in Britain, and is also important as it contains the largest group ever found of coins issued during the reign of Carausius, who ruled Britain independently from 286 to 293 and was the first Roman emperor to strike coins in Britain.

The Museum of Somerset in Taunton, using a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), has acquired the hoard officially valued at £320,250.

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