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Unique ID: WMID-649E13

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver coins were found on 19th February 2012. Possible structural remains in the area were subsequently investigated by T. Brindle and S. Dean. These are thought to consist of part of a collapsed boundary wall. Further coins and fragments were subsequently recovered during site survey in April and are included in this report.

The coins consisted of at least 258 silver Roman coins of the denomination known as a denarius (plural denarii). It was difficult to estimate precisely the total number of coins in the hoard due to the degree of fragmentation (an attempt was made to match joining fragments where possible and these are now counted as one coin). The earliest coin was a denarius of Mark Antony dated to c. 32-31BC) and the latest coin was a denarius of Faustina II (traditionally dated to c. AD 161-176) from the reign of Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180).

Summary of coins by emperor

Republic (Mark Antony) 1

Nero (AD 54-68) 2

Galba (AD 68-69) 1

Vitellius (AD 69) 3

Vespasian (AD 69-79) 18

Titus 4

Domitian 3

Titus (AD 79-81) 2

Divus Vespasian 1

Domitian 3

Domitian (AD 81-96) 14

Uncertain Flavian emperor 4

Nerva (AD 96-98) 4

Trajan (AD 98-117) 67

Hadrian (AD 117-38) 55

Sabina 3

Antoninus Pius (AD 138-61) 30

Faustina I 11

Faustina II 4

Marcus Aurelius Caesar 4

Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180)

Divus Antoninus 3

Faustina II 1

Marcus Aurelius 1

LuciusVerus 2

Lucilla 1

Uncertain emperor 16

Total 258 coins + smaller fragments

Roman Republican coins of Mark Antony are known to have circulated for a long period in Britain, and certainly during the second century AD. The composition of the group is typical for a hoard deposited in the mid to late second century AD.


The coins satisfy the terms of the Treasure Act with regard to age and metal content. They are certainly more than 300 years old and have a precious metal contents in excess of 10%.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T132


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 161
Date to: Circa AD 180

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 258

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th February 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Tom Brindle
Identified by: Dr Tom Brindle

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T132
Museum accession number: STKMG 2014.LH.21

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Staffordshire Moorlands (District)
Parish or ward: Cheddleton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK0051
Four figure Latitude: 53.056253
Four figure longitude: -2.001451
1:25K map: SK0051
1:10K map: SK05SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Undisturbed grassland

References cited

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