This article came to my attention via The Explorator newsletter. A Roman coin hoard uncovered in the 1930s has been donated to a
local museum. -Editor
A little-known hoard of rare Roman coins, some of which are believed to be almost 2,000 years old, has been donated to a town's
The collection, which was unearthed by Richard Frank in Helmsley in 1931 and had been kept by his son, also named Richard Frank, until
his death, includes 34 silver Roman denarii, many in good condition, dating from as early as AD69.
A total of 11 different Roman emperors or their wives are represented on the coins, including Marcus Aurelius, who is portrayed in the
film Gladiator, Vespasian, Trajan and Septimius Severus.
The coins were identified by Philip Corder, who led the first excavations at the Roman fort at Malton in the 1930s.
Mystery surrounds how the coins came to be hoarded in the town, as other than the remains of one of the most northerly Roman villas in
Britain at nearby Beadlam, there is little evidence of Romans settling in the area.
It is believed that the hoard was deposited not much later than AD218 - the date of the latest coin - during the reign of Emporer
Severus Alexander, who was assassinated after overseeing the collapse of the monetary economy.
The value of the coins, which have been given to the Helmsley Archive by Mr Frank's family, remains unclear, it is understood the
hoard may have been buried as currency depreciated during the third century, before which most Roman coins were struck at Rome.
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