By Alex Lemaire
The Roman Empire was one of the largest and wealthiest empires in history. This is why Roman coins can be found in many countries around the world. This article is about three of the largest coin hoards ever discovered in Europe.
The Frome hoard is one of the largest hoards discovered in the World. It is composed of 52,503 Roman coins that were contained inside a ceramic pot. The pot is large; its diameter is 18 inches (45 cm). And it was buried 1 foot underground. In Total, the coins weighed 160 Kg. It was discovered by Dave Crisp while he was metal detecting.
The coins date from AD 250 to AD 290 and were minted during the reign of 30 rulers. Only five of them are made out of silver. The rest is made from a copper alloy. The local museum purchased the coin collection in 2011 for £320,250.
Metal conservators received £105,000 from the NHMF (National Heritage Memorial Fund) to conserve the coins. This hoard is too large for museum experts to handle alone. This is why numerous numismatists helped to catalog the hoard.
This is the second-largest hoard on this list. It contains 22,000 Roman coins that were struck between AD 260 and AD 348. Some of them are special; they were issued by Constantine the Great to celebrate the foundation of his new capital Constantinople.
The Seaton hoard was discovered by Laurence Egerton. He works as a builder and he spends his spare time metal detecting. He found this huge collection of coins during one of his treasure hunts. He made a very good decision by reporting his find to the authorities. A group of archeologists came to the site to excavate it professionally to avoid any damage to this precious collection of historical coins.
Coin experts spent 10 months cleaning and cataloging them. They are now displayed for the public at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.
The Lincolnshire hoard was discovered in 2017 by two metal detectorists. The hoard consists of 3000 Roman coins placed inside a ceramic pot. The latter was buried in the center of a large oval pit lined with limestone. After examining the site, archeologists found 10 more coins.