PAS 15 – Treasure Finds

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen on the theme of Treasure:


Image of seven Treasure finds from the PAS Database.
A selection of Treasure finds from the Database. Copyright: Portable Antiquities Scheme, Licence: CC-BY.


Post-medieval coin hoard (SOM-6511E2): a hoard of gold and silver coins issued by James I and Charles I

Post-medieval book fitting (YORYM-C84DCC): a silver book clasp with incised decoration.

Palaeolithic handaxe (NMS-ECAA52): a flint handaxe dating to 500,000BC – not all treasures fall under the Treasure Act definition!

Early Medieval brooch (IOW-3B6754): a silver circular brooch formed of two entwined serpents.

Anglo-Saxon tweezers (WMID-C2969E): decorated gold cap from the end of a pair of tweezers.

Post-medieval dress hook (NMGW-C595D8): a silver gilt dress hook shaped like a heart.

Modern coin hoard (PAS-867115): a hoard of gold 20-dollar pieces found buried in a garden in Hackney.