Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gloucestershire's oldest coin discovered in field

EXCITING new archaeological finds could shed light on the area's history.

A Roman coin more than 2,000 years old has been discovered near Huntley, and a dog walker has been puzzled by finds of iron ore in the same village.

David Hutton, from Taynton, discovered the Roman coin earlier this month and has since had it confirmed that the coin is the oldest in the county.

"It's dated 147BC but the Romans didn't invade Britain until 43AD," said David, 58, who has been scouring the area with farmer Don Sherratt since they found a Roman hoard of coins in 1996.

"It's sparked a bit of a debate. It could mean the Romans were trading with a local Iron Age tribe, or it could just be that it was an old coin that came over when they invaded."

He said the coin is a Denarius and features the Goddess Roma on one side and Apollo, with a bow and arrow and four horses, on the other.

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