HOARD

Unique ID: IARCH-E7C10D

Workflow status: Published Find published

Known as

Bromley
Also known as: Hayesford Raglan Secondary School

Quantity summary

  • Coins in hoard: 300
  • Artefacts in hoard: 2
  • Containers for the hoard: 1

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN

Coin chronology

Last ruler: Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer)
Last Reece period: Period 15 The Tetrarchy (296-317)
Date from: AD 308
Date to: AD 309
Terminal reason: Date of latest reverse type


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Coin summary

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Period Ruler Denomination Mint From To Quantity
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Londinium AD 296 AD 305 35
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Londinium AD 305 AD 307 69
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Londinium AD 307 AD 309 14
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Trier AD 296 AD 305 62
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Trier AD 305 AD 307 30
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Trier AD 307 AD 309 12
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Lugdunum AD 296 AD 305 27
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Lugdunum AD 305 AD 307 11
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Lugdunum AD 307 AD 309 2
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Ticinum AD 296 AD 305 8
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Ticinum AD 305 AD 307 5
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Rome AD 296 AD 305 8
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Carthage AD 296 AD 305 8
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Carthage AD 305 AD 307 3
ROMAN Tetrarchic Ruler (uncertain issuer) Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4) Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) AD 296 AD 305 2

Coin data quality rating: Good (Grade 3)

Description

Robertson 2000, 241 no. 994:

""On 27th January, 1955, boys of Hayesford Raglan Secondary School at Bromley, while digging a long-jump pit in the sports field, dug up a pot containing Roman coins, and subsequent digging produced more coins which brought the total to 300..
The find consisted exclusively of tin- or silver-washed bronze coins, the so-called folles.
The coins range in time from about AD 295 to the reign of Constantine as Augustus, probably about AD 308. The mints represented are those of the Western Empire except for Antioch which is represented by only one coin. A feature of note is the good proportion of coins from a mint which did not sign its output, probably the mint of London, whose later signed coins are also well represented..
The pot in which the Bromley coin-hoard was found is 6.9 inches high. The ware is moderately fine, fairly hard and brown to grey in colour. The vessel is roughly made, apparently by hand except for the rim which was probably finished on the wheel. There are smoothed zones above the base and below the rim; the intervening part of the surface is matt.
There is a thick black deposit on the inside of the pot. Dr. A.E. Werner, of the British Museum Research Laboratory, reports that this 'appears to me to be carbonaceous matter, having no particular recognizable structure. It is the kind of deposit which one might expect to find inside a cooking-pot.' There seems to be no reason to think that the deposit may be the remains of a cloth or leather bag, in which the coins were contained within the pot.
Two sherds from pots other than that containing the coins were associated with the find; one of these is of indeterminate coarse ware, the other is of coarse grey Roman fabric.
The pot may be regarded as belonging to the class of late Romano-British cooking-vessels represented, for instance, at Verulamium and Richborough. An unusual feature of the Bromley pot is the convex or 'sagging' base."
The coins were:
Folles
Diocletian 53
Maximian 61
Constantius I, Caes. 42
Constantius I, Aug. 6
Constantius I (deified) 3
Galerius, Caes. 29
Galerius, Aug. 19
Severus II, Caes. 8
Severus II, Aug. 4
Maximinus Daza, Caes. 17
Maxentius 1
Constantine I, Caes. 31
Constantine I, Aug. 26

300
-J.W. Brailsford, R.A.G. Carson, and J.P.C. Kent, in Arch. Cant., 70 (1956), 264f., mints, details of pot
-Also R.A.G. Carson and J.P.C. Kent, in NC, 1956, 83-161, types, mints.
Pot and 300 coins in Bromley Central Library"

Notes

Types described (without RIC references) in the appendix to Carson and Kent 1956. The listing here only contains 296 coins and not the 300 in the summary. The dating is not precise as the descriptions do not always allow for identification but they are broadly grouped into periods here. The summary in Brailsford is by mint and emperor but does not assign unmarked coins to mints, thereby underestimating the total for London in particular.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Bromley Central Library (part); British Museum (part)

Materials of coins and artefacts in the hoard

  • Ceramic
  • Copper alloy

Artefacts linked to this hoard

Record ID: IARCH-2888F7
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: ROMAN

Containers linked to this hoard

Record ID: IARCH-B66374
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: ROMAN

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 27th January 1955 - Thursday 27th January 1955

Personal details

Recorded by: Dr Eleanor Ghey

Other reference numbers

Legacy hoard number: 1044
SMR reference number: Pastscape 407752; HER 070623/00/00

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Bromley (London Borough)
To be known as: Bromley

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Recreational usage

Archaeological context

No archaeological context available.

References cited

Audit data

Recording Institution: IARCH
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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