hoards, databases and best practice

Peter Guest has identified some 30,000 Roman coins from hoards as well as excavated sites.

The volume The Late Roman Gold and Silver Coins from the Hoxne Treasure (2005), includes a full catalogue of the 15,234 late 4th- and early 5th-century coins, together with an in-depth discussion of the production and supply of late Roman coinage. Hoxne’s silver coins are particularly interesting, and the book also contains ground-breaking discussions of the silver content of late Roman currency as well as of the peculiarly British phenomena of coin clipping and copying.

Other hoards published include the 7,407 late-4th century gold, silver and bronze coins from Bishops Cannings in Wiltshire (Coin Hoards from Roman Britain, vol. X), the surviving 2,909 late-3rd century radiates from Walbottle on Hadrian’s Wall (in Archaeologia Aeliana, 2018), and the unique find of 309 mid-4th century silvered-bronze coins from Hengrove in Bristol (in Numismatic Chronicle, 2021).

Other coin projects include Iron Age & Roman Coins from Wales that published over 52,000 ancient coins from Wales (funded by the Board of Celtic Studies). This was the first of its kind in the UK and is one of the few easily-accessible publicly available online databases of Romano-British site-finds and hoards.

Best practice for the identification, reporting and analysis of Romano-British site-finds is set out in CIfA’s Toolkit for Finds Reporting: Roman Coinage. The Toolkit is designed to support the reporting of Roman coin finds from all types of archaeological projects and at all stages of a project’s life cycle. It is the industry standard setting out the minimum requirements for Roman coin reports in the historic environment sector, ensuring the reliable and consistent identification and quantification of these important artefacts in the UK.

If you are looking for the services of an experienced archaeological numismatist who can advise on how best to manage an assemblage of excavated Roman coins, large or small, and who provides publishable catalogues and integrated analysis as standard, please use our Contact page to get in touch.

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