Arthur Shippee forwarded this item mentioned in The Explorator newsletter. It's an article about an upcoming offering at Baldwin's in London.
Baldwin's are delighted to announce that they will be offering a portion of Roman coins from the Bishop's Wood Hoard of 1895 for sale by auction. This hoard of Roman coins will be auctioned alongside the Michael Hall Collection of Renaissance Medals at their May 4-5, 2010 London event.
The extensive hoard was unearthed at Bishop's Wood, near Ross-on-Wye, just across the Herefordshire border and within the surroundings of the Forest of Dean. Several other, smaller finds, of similar coins had also been found along this route but none as vast or as interesting as this. It was discovered in a rough walling built against the hillside by workmen who were in the process of repairing a road and who struck an earthenware vessel containing the coins. The accidental strike from a pick broke the jar and scattered its contents in various directions.
Details of the hoard were first published in the 1896 edition of the Numismatic Chronicle, and also in the editorial of the Numismatic Circular in November of that year.
Many of these coins were subsequently given to local museums and the portion now being sold by Baldwin's (containing 1,661 coins and the restored jar that contained them) has remained in the family of the original landowner since they were found in 1895.
To read the complete article, see:
The Bishop's Wood Hoard of Roman Coins
Wayne Homren, Editor
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