SOM-5B9453: A silver denarius of Carausius

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Unique ID: SOM-5B9453

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Treasure case 2010 T272: acquired by Museum of Somerset

A hoard of 52,498 copper alloy Roman radiates and 5 silver denarii. Found within a complete, but cracked, black burnished ware vessel. This vessel is decorated with a crude pattern of crossed grooves. A further smaller, upturned, dish-like vessel, was found on top, which appeared to fit perfectly.

The current hoard summary is below.

Status Quantity Contemporary copies 314 Identifiable coins 44,245 Illegible coins 8,258 Total 52,503

Valerian & Gallienus (joint reign) 253-60 46
Gallienus (sole reign) 260-8 6,091
Salonina (wife of Gallienus) 260-8 404
Claudius II 268-70 5,421
Divus Claudius 270-1 1,227
Quintillus 270 333
Aurelian 270-5 266
Severina (wife of Aurelian) 270-5 13
Tacitus 275-6 252
Florian 276 10
Probus 276-82 619
Carus 282-3 8
Divus Carus 283 5
Magnia Urbica (wife of Carus) 283-5 2
Numerian 282-4 12
Carinus 283-5 19
Diocletian 284-305 38
Maximian 286-305 22
Total, Central Empire 14,788

Gallic Empire
Postumus 260-9 256
Laelian 269 4
Marius 269 35
Victorinus 269-71 7490
Divus Victorinus 271 14
Tetricus I 271-4 12416
Tetricus II 272-4 5203
Gallic Empire, uncertain 2954
Total, Gallic Empire 28,377

British Empire
Carausius 286-93 766

Contemporary copies 314

Total, identifiable coins 44,245

Illegible coins 8,258

Total 52,503


A discussion of the hoard and its excavation is published in Sam Moorhead, Anna Booth and Roger Bland, The Frome Hoard (British Museum 2012)

[Sam Moorhead note: this hoard contains coins of the British Empire]

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Museum of Somerset, Taunton
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T272


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 293
Date to: Circa AD 293

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 52504
Weight: 160000 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th April 2010 - Saturday 24th April 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010T272

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
To be known as: Frome area

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: Museum of Somerset, Taunton
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

  • Moorhead, S., Bland, R., Booth, A., 2010 The Frome Hoard London: British Museum Press

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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