This item was referenced in today's issue of the Explorator newsletter. -Editor A hoard of Roman coins now on display in Malmesbury has perplexed staff at the Athelstan Museum.
The stash was discovered in a field in Milbourne two years ago and has now been cleaned up and given to the museum.
Chairman of the Friends of Athelstan Museum, Roger Griffin, is puzzled as to the purpose of the collection.
He said: “These coins aren’t the equivalent of £20 notes. They are quite small coins, like loose change really.
“They might have been the savings of a slave waiting for his release or possibly a child’s pocket money. They certainly were a poor person’s hoard.”
At first, 24 coins were found scattered over a small area and later a further 14 coins were found.
The coins, known as nummi, date from 305 to 325 AD but there are none in the seven years from 313 to 320.
Mr Griffin said: “We’re not sure why there is a gap, maybe the owner went away for seven years and then came back.
To read the complete article, see: Experts baffled by Malmesbury's Roman coins (http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/towns/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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