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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 38, September 20, 2015, Article 32

NEW EXHIBIT OF ST ALBANS ROMAN COIN HOARD

The St. Albans gold coin hoard has a new and final home at the Verulamium Museum. -Editor

St Albans gold coin hoard display

A hoard of Roman gold coins worth nearly £100,000 that was found in St Albans has gone on display at one of the city's museums.

The stash, found in October 2012, and believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards buried in the UK, can be seen at Verulamium Museum.

The 159 coins date from the final years of Roman rule in Britain in the 4th Century.

A museum spokesman said it was "quite a relief" they were finally on display.

St Albans gold coin hoard display2

The coins, discovered on private land by Westley Carrington during his first metal-detecting outing, were declared treasure at an inquest in July 2013 and the value was decided by an independent committee at the British Museum.

Some had come from France, Germany and Greece, but they were mostly struck in the Italian cities of Milan and Ravenna, issued under the Emperors Gratian, Valentinian, Theodosius, Arcadius and Honorius.

A museum spokesman said it is thought the coins were minted between 404-408AD in Rome and - given their lack of wear and tear - buried just outside Verulamium just a few years after that.

David Thorold, a curator at the museum, said they were in "phenomenally good nick" and "had not been handled by many Roman individuals".

To read the complete article, see:
St Albans Roman gold coin hoard goes on display (www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-34199524)

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
ROMAN GOLD COIN HOARD FOUND IN HERTFORDSHIRE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n44a23.html)
MORE ON THE ST ALBANS ROMAN GOLD COIN HOARD (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n45a20.html)
BRITISH MUSEUM EXHIBITS ST ALBANS ROMAN COIN HOARD (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n51a18.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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