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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Bid for lottery money to put priceless Roman coins found in Bath on show

Lottery money is being sought to put on display a priceless hoard of Roman coins found in Bath.

Experts have been amazed at the discovery of the Beau Street Hoard - a collection of around 22,000 coins dating back to 270AD uncovered by work on a new hotel in the city.

Now Bath and North East Somerset Council is hoping to win hundreds of thousands of pounds of lottery funds to acquire, conserve and display the treasures.

It has already secured £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help it plan a range of activities celebrating one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain.

The authority is planning a programme of 26 learning and community activities centred on the hoard and will be making a second application for a further £480,000 of HLF cash next summer.

It wants to take a roadshow around the B&NES area showing off some of the coins, and to properly display the hoard at the Roman Baths.

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