The museum has kindly been given a hoard of third century Roman coins discovered near Westbury-sub-Mendip.
The finds were initially examined by experts at the British Museum before being recorded in more detail at the museum. All have been identified as bronze radiates, also known as antoniniani, which was the major denomination of the later Roman Empire. Interestingly, all the identifiable coins date from a relatively short time period, between c.250 and 274 AD.
The hoard comprises a mix of ‘official’ radiates and ‘unofficial’ ancient forgeries (known as barbarous radiates). The hoard was found alongside fragments of greyware pottery and a basal sherd. The sherds are potentially remnants of the coin container, but this is unclear as fragments from more than one pot are present. Three heavily corroded nails accompanied the find which, although ancient, are probably stray material to the coins.
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