Skip to comments.Hoard of 30,000 silver Roman coins discovered in Bath
Posted on 03/22/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands
More than 30,000 silver coins have been found by archaeologists working at the site of a new city-centre hotel.
The hoard, believed to date from the third-century, was unearthed about 450 feet from the historic Roman Baths.
Experts believe the treasure trove is the fifth largest hoard ever discovered in Britain and the largest from a Roman settlement.
The coins, which have now been sent to the British Museum for further analysis, are fused together in a large block.
This makes identification and counting difficult and conservators at central London Museum expect the task of analysing the coins to take up to 12 months.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
It should also be noted that the picture in the article is not of the recent find, but of an earlier find.
I find it alarming that the evolution of the construction of our coinage is similar to what was experienced by the deteriorating Roman Empire.
About 20 years ago I found an early 1900's Canadian silver dime in a foot of water in the Severn River here in Maryland. I was using a Whites metal detector. IIRC the dime was encrusted in black crust which chipped away easily. I couldn't tell you where it is now.
Roman Britain, or Brittania, is one of my favorite historical periods at the moment..
From that short period where the Gallic Empire had split off from Rome during the crisis of the 3rd century.
Like the US quarter in AD 1965, only the 'silver wash' was layers of cupro-nickel over copper.
Other parallels exist between us and Rome.
That must have been a big tub for all those coins to have been missed for so long.
My thought too.
Great post...you never know who you will meet on FR, or what knowledge they have.
Thanks for your kind words.
30,000 Roman pieces of silver. Enough to pay Judas 1000
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“I find it alarming that the evolution of the construction of our coinage is similar to what was experienced by the deteriorating Roman Empire.”
How about the increasing number of non-Romans that made up the empire?
In my town many Scots still pride themselves on the fact that Rome never successfully invaded Scotland. While the same holds true for Ireland, I honestly admit that there wasn’t the concerted effort that was made against Scotland.
The most interesting part was the unraveling, as they pulled out to deal with more immediate threats.
Reminds me of the film The Eagle about the Romans in England.
“...Roman coins discovered in Bath”
All I ever find is hair in the drain.
Nah, that could never happen here.
Seems like a regular occurrence in the UK. Sink a spade anywhere there and ur likely to find something. What an incredible country. Of course I make no excuses, I am an incurable Anglophile.
“the Roman Baths and Pump Room,”
First thought upon reading that was Zero and Rahm’s lifetime membership to the Man’s Country bathhouse in Chicago.
——it was a bronze coin with a thin silver wash.——
and there you have it, the key to the mystery.
Silver does not corrode and thus would not stick together, however bronze under worn silverplate will. The mass of bronze corroded to stick the coins into a mass.
My take after not having seen the mass
Maybe you know my husband. He’s going to Cambridge next weekend to deliver a paper on sceattas. Hopes to make a quick trip to Bath on Friday to visit what I call a “coin guy”.
Is “The Eagle” historically accurate, in your opinion, or Hollyweird? I view very few movies because of the junk they put out, but I like historical fiction. Would you recommend this film?
Wish I could find 30,000 silver coins in my bath.....
“Is The Eagle historically accurate, ...I like historical fiction. Would you recommend this film?”
Oh, yes. I would give this film 4 stars out of 5. As I understand, it is based on historical truth that the Roman Army lost the Eagle Standard and eventually got it back.
The main character I think is made up.
But, the acting and set is really quite good. Very entertaining and keeps your attention throughout. One of my favorites of recent years.
Thanks for the description of “The Eagle”. Will have to look for it in the Redbox machine.
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