Monday, May 23, 2011

Roman coin hoard unearthed at Colchester dig

Two pots, one of them containing 1,247 coins, were discovered on the site of the former Hyderabad and Meeanee barracks, which are being redeveloped.

The coins, known as antoniniani, date back to between 251 and 271 AD.

Philip Crummy from the Colchester Archaeological Trust said the find would shed light on how people looked after their money in Roman times. The coins have been sent to the British Museum for analysis and will then be donated by developer Taylor Wimpey, which owns the land, to Colchester Museum.

Mr Crummy said: "What you're looking at is how somebody managed their savings, taking some out and putting some back in probably over a number of years.

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