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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Major Haul Of Gold Roman Coins Discovered Near St Albans


A major haul of 159 Roman coins has been discovered near St Albans...

The find on private land - by someone with a metal detector - is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin collections ever discovered in the UK.

The coins are in a very good condition and were scattered across a wide area - and could have been moved close to the surface in the last couple of hundred years due to quarrying or ploughing.

Specialists from St Albans Museum service say the coins date to the very end of Roman rule in Britain and there are virtually no comparable gold hoards of this period.

The coins - called solidus (plural - solidi) date to the closing years of the fourth century. They were mostly struck in the Italian cities of Milan and Ravenna and issued under the Emperors Gratian, Valentinian, Theodosius, Arcadius and Honorius.

David Thorold, Prehistory to Medieval Curator at Verulamium Museum in St Albans said: "During the period of the Roman occupation of Britain, coins were usually buried for two reasons.

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