Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Roman treasure displayed to public

Roman treasure displayed to public - Local - Banbury Guardian

THE largest hoard of early Roman coins found in the West Midlands are on display at Banbury Museum.

More than 1,000 silver denarii were found in a small pot at Edgehill in 2008 and went on show yesterday (Wednesday) in an exhibition running until December 10.

Cllr James Macnamara, Cherwell District Council's lead member for the environment, said: "We'll never know why someone decided to hide these coins. This was a tidy sum of money in the First Century – equal to a year's pay for five Roman soldiers.

"Whether the people that buried the coins intended to come back for them or not, they remained in a pot underground for nearly 2,000 years."

Some of the coins have been loaned by Warwickshire Museum service and they were buried more than 1,900 years ago, when Britain was part of the Roman Empire.

The oldest coins dates back to 194BC, more than 200 years before Emperor Claudius invaded Britain, and the last coin to be added was in 63AD in the name of Emperor Nero.

Banbury Museum Plus members can enjoy an exclusive viewing on November 17.

For more information email simon.townsend@cherwell-dc.gov.uk or call 01295 753781.