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3000 roman coins discovered near Montgomery

Adrian Simmons (right) at the site of the discovery

A week ago CPAT were contacted by metal detectorist Adrian Simmons with the exciting news that he had uncovered some roman coins in a field near Montgomery - in fact he'd discovered over 900 coins and had unearthed the top of a pot containing over 2000 more!. He left the pot in the ground and hot-footed it to CPAT . . . . .

Sophie looks on . . . . .

Within a couple of days CPAT's Sophie Watson (pictured left with one of the coins) and a lucky band of local students who were working with us on a week long work experience placement, were excavating the site and between them recovered the almost intact pot and its coins. The coins all seem to be copper alloy and appear to be mostly late 3rd century. This was a time of great civil unrest and financial uncertainty in Roman Britain and the coins may have been hidden for safekeeping but never recovered by their original owner.

The find has been reported to the Powys Coroner and may in due course be declared as Treasure. The coins have now been moved to the National Museum of Wales for a full report to be prepared.

Watch this space for further developments

Some of  the Roman coins from the hoard

Chris Martin, July 2011

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