Skip to comments.Recent discovery of a Roman Coin Hoard in the Shrewsbury Area[UK][10K Coins]
Posted on 09/10/2009 8:45:56 AM PDT by BGHater
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‘In total the coins and the pot weigh in excess of 70 lbs. ‘
70 lbs of copper alloy coins? Sounds like some Roman/Anglo-Saxon shop-keeper’s spare penny jar.
Probably not worth much at the time - remember the Romans inflated their currency also!
Thank you for finding this treasure.
For your services rendered to the British Crown we award you the following:
Five pounds and ten shillings.
Please use this money in good health.
Your Majesty the Queen
Why is that insane? Iam missing the joke but I am rather dense about jokes.
This is interesting because I have read that after the romans left around 400 AD there was a serious shortage of small coins, the kind you need for everyday exchanges.
So for instance you couldn’t get chage from a gold coin if you wanted to buy a cow.
So people went back to barter. Small coinage is important.
And the guy has such a happy look on his face!
No, I’m sorry.
I was just stunned. It was the guys first time with a MD and he finds this hoard.
It’s really amazing.
How long is someone a novice metal detector user before they take final vows?
heh. Everyone is different. To each his own.
Does it sounds like the property owner has no rights and no compensation?
The Imperial Reserve Board says they're just as good as 100% silver denarii.
Wish there were some pictures of the Coins. Numismatics would love to see these.
Flavius Julius Constans (320-350) was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 337 until his death. Constans was the third and youngest son of Constantine the Great and Fausta, Constantine's second wife.
On 25 December 333 Constantine elevated Constans to Caesar.
In 337 he succeeded his father, jointly with his older brothers Constantine II and Constantius II, receiving Italy, Pannonia and Africa as his portion. Constantine II, who ruled over Gaul, Spain and Britain, attempted to take advantage of his youth and inexperience by invading Italy in 340, but Constans defeated Constantine at Aquileia, where the older brother died.
The invasion was the effect of brotherly tensions between the two emperors. Constantine II was, at first, Constans's guardian. As Constans grew older, Constantine II never relinquished that position.
In 341-2, Constans led a successful campaign against the Franks and in the early months of 343 visited Britain. The source for this visit, Julius Firmicus Maternus, does not give a reason for this but the quick movement and the danger involved in crossing the channel in the dangerous winter months, suggests it was in response to a military emergency of some kind, possibly to repel the Picts and Scots.
That’s the rules over there.
The article isn't very well written, but under the Treasure Act of 1996, it all belongs to the landowner. Usually the metal detectorist asks permission and they make a deal like a 50/50 split. This guy, however, didn't make any such deal it seems, so the landowner gets it all. Then an independent board of experts sets a fair market value. Museums get first refusal at that price. If no museum is willing to pay, the owner can sell them on the open market.
Wonder what I could get for those in a Coinstar machine?
Now the guy can fill his cache card and retire his wallet!
That's exactly the way the late Roman empire was inflating their currency.
They debased their gold coins by adding copper and their silver coins magically turned to copper.
Even so, it was hard to create enough inflation to pay their debts. Coining money is hard work and takes time.
We're much more efficient at creating inflation today. We don't even have to print money anymore. All we have to do is create an electronic entry.
If that was me I’da kept my mouth shut and opened an ebay account.......several of them.
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