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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Roman coins found on Cumbrian farm declared treasure

A hoard of silver Roman coins found on farmland south of Egremont has been declared treasure.

The stunning find of 27 coins and a single coin fragment date from the first to the second century AD.

In a letter, the British Museum’s assistant treasure registrar, Becky Dobson, said that the coins dated from the reigns of the Emperors Nero, and Vespasian.

She also said that the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport had expressed an interest in acquiring them for their collection.

The discovery was made by two metal detectorists with the permission of the landowner Anthony Thompson Sharp.

He said they would split any money from the find three ways.

“They were found a few months ago now and the lads who found them sent them off to a museum. They just came for a look around and found a few pennies and coins and then stumbled across these. I don’t think they’re worth a tremendous amount,” he said.

Coroner David Roberts declared the coins treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act (1996).

Treasure includes any item found which is over 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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