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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 44, October 23, 2011, Article 21

COINS OF SIXTEEN DIFFERENT EMPERORS FOUND IN HOARD

David Sundman forwarded this BBC News article noting, "It's interesting that they found coins of 16 different emperors in 4,000 coins.". -Editor

Worcestershire's largest-ever hoard of Roman artefacts has been uncovered, the county council has said.

Metal detector enthusiasts discovered thousands of coins, featuring 16 different emperors, at Bredon Hill, near Evesham.

The council said research was at an early stage, but the find was probably of national significance.

BBC Midlands Today reporter Giles Latcham said he understood about 4,000 coins had been found, mainly bronze.

Most of the coins are thought to date to the third century AD, although one featuring emperor Hadrian was produced in the second century.

It is believed the coins were found in a clay pot, and soil analysis suggested they were buried in about 350 AD.

To read the complete article, see: Large Roman coin hoard uncovered at Bredon Hil (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-15338551)

Here's another article on the hoard, this one with an image. -Editor

Tewksbury silver coin find

A HUGE haul of Roman coins discovered near Tewkesbury is being hailed as a nationally important find.

Rumours have been circulating that £100,000 of silver coins had been found on farmland below Bredon Hill this summer " and yesterday the Echo uncovered the truth.

Two men from north Worcestershire came across the haul in June. In total, they found 3,700 coins dating back to the third century.

A spokeswoman for Worcestershire County Council said: "With research indicating the hoard was buried nearly a century after it was accumulated " the only known such British example " the Bredon Hill hoard is of national significance."

Ahead of a press conference to be held in Worcester on Friday, the coroner's office refused to give any further details about the matter.

But the Echo understands that the find is the largest ever in Worcestershire and that the coins depict a total of 16 different Roman emperors.

To read the complete article, see: Roman coin haul 'of national importance' (www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Roman-coin-haul
-national-importance/story-13598499-detail/story.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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