Workflow status: Published Find published

Known as

Folkestone II

Quantity summary

  • Coins in hoard: 67


Broad period: IRON AGE

Coin chronology

Last ruler: Potin
Last Reece period: Period 1 Pre-Claudian and Iron Age (Pre AD 41)
Date from: 175 BC
Date to: 70 BC
Terminal reason: Date of latest coin

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY licence (unless stated otherwise).

Coin summary

Download as CSV
Period Ruler Denomination Geog. area From To Quantity
IRON AGE Uninscribed Potin (Cast bronze) South Eastern 175 BC 70 BC 67

Coin data quality rating: Good (Grade 3)


De Jersey (2014):

"Holman (2005a) provides as full an account of this discovery as we are likely to obtain. In May 1980 Chris Bailey of the Kent Numismatic Society examined 67 cast bronze coins found in late 1979 about halfway down the south-facing slope of Round Hill, "scattered over an area of approximately 3 m wide by 30 m down the hillside" (Bailey, quoted in Holman 2005a, 385). Bailey suggested that the coins were Massiliot issues rather than Kentish derivatives, an opinion reflected in the occasional mentions of the find in earlier literature (e.g. Haselgrove 1987, 279 no. 28).
In contrast Holman (2005a, 386) argues that it is "virtually certain that these coins were produced locally." Given the heavy weight and relatively fine style of many of the coins, they are thus presumably among the earliest examples of this type manufactured in Britain.
The 67 coins were recorded at the British Museum; five were retained and the remainder returned to the finder. The CCI has weights and images of 62. It is possible that the hoard contained rather more than the 67 coins seen by Bailey, since it is known that other detectorists visited the site after the discovery became known, but it seems unlikely that the total was very significantly higher."

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: British Museum (part)

Materials of coins and artefacts in the hoard

  • Copper alloy

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st September 1979 - Monday 31st December 1979

Personal details

Recorded by: Dr Eleanor Ghey

Other reference numbers

Legacy hoard number: 2823

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Shepway (District)
To be known as: Folkestone II

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Archaeological context

No archaeological context available.

References cited

Audit data

Recording Institution: IARCH
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml representations.