SF-7E2A03: Roman Hoard

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Unique ID: SF-7E2A03

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Two fourth-early fifth century ad gold solidii. The coins were issued by Honorius (AD 393-423), the last legitimate emperor to hold sway over Roman Britain. One coin is from the mint of Milan, the other from Ravenna (the latter exhibiting typical plough damage sometimes seen on coins that have undergone archaeological burial)

They are of the same period and from the same findspot as a previous discovery of six gold solidi bringing the total to eight pieces:



AD 388-95

Theodosius I 1

Valentinian II 1

AD 395-402

Arcadius 1

Honorius 3

AD 402-6

Honorius 2

total 8

Metal content?

At this period great efforts were made by the Romans to refine gold and silver for their coinage (they carried mint-markings guaranteeing the processes) and such coins were usually as pure as was then technologically possible (i.e. greater than 95%).


On the balance of probabilities, therefore, it can be concluded that these coins belong together as a hoard and constitute a prima facie case of treasure by being precious metal coins of an antiquity greater than 300 years and are of one find of two or more pieces. They are most probably part of the previous Woodbridge find which now totals eight gold coins of the 4th - 5th century AD.

Richard Abdy

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Colchester and Ipswich Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2008 T145


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 388
Date to: AD 402

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 6

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st February 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Faye Minter
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter
Secondary identifier: Mr Richard Abdy

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2008 T145

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Great Glemham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Colchester and Ipswich Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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