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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Roman coins found in Cumbria declared treasure

A hoard of 144 Roman coins found on land near Maryport has been declared a treasure trove.

The remarkable find of 143 denarii coins and a single sestertius coin date back to the second century AD.

In a letter, a member of the British Museum said the coins dated from the late Roman Republic to the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

It is understood that the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport is one of several museums that has expressed an interest in acquiring them for their collection.

The coins were found over a period of several days by two metal detectorists with the permission of the landowner William Anderson.

The first find of 91 denarii coins was made by George Frederick Brown on July 7 2012. Then on March 8, 16 and 20 2013, Mr Brown and Graham Ryan found 27 denarii coins and one sestertius coin. A further eight denarii coins were found by the pair on April 18 last year and another 17 denarii on November 15.

Assistant coroner Robert Chapman declared the coins treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act (1996).

He said: “It’s a very interesting case. These are all items that can be considered to be treasure.”

Treasure includes any item found which is more than 300 years old and has a content of more than 10 per cent gold or silver. Older items which do not comprise precious metal can also be regarded as treasure.

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