Rare Roman coins coming home to Warwickshire – where they were buried for 2,000 years

The second Warwickshire hoard contains the largest collection of Roman civil war-era coins ever found

Rare Roman coins unearthed in Warwickshire after being buried for nearly 2,000 years WILL return to the county.

The hoard, made up of 440 silver denarii coins, was uncovered during an archaeological dig at a Roman site on Edge Hill in 2015.

They were buried in a ceramic pot over 1900 years ago, under the floor of an old building.

An appeal to see them returned to the county saw thousands of pounds raised to see that ambition become a reality.

It is the second hoard of denarii to be found in Warwickshire and this most recent discovery contains 78 coins dating back to AD 68-69.

As with all finds of gold or silver of this date, the hoard was declared Treasure and has since been with the British Museum for formal identification and valuation.

It is hoped the hoard will be back in Warwickshire within the next few months so that it can be displayed at Warwick’s Market Hall Museum in time for summer.

Why are these coins so rare?

AD 68-69 was a turbulent time in Roman history known as the Year of the Four Emperors.

In AD 68 the death of Nero sparked a civil war, resulting in four successive rulers in a short span of time: Galba, Otho, Vitellius and finally Vespasian.

As they vied for power, each contender struck their own coins to fund their armies, and these coins are incredibly rare.

Within a roughly 18 month period the title of Emperor changed hands four times.

Very few of these coins from this turbulent time survive.

This second South Warwickshire hoard contains the largest collection of civil war-era coins ever found.

Global support

Warwickshire County Council had to raise a total of £62,000 to bring the hoard home.

The fundraising campaign was a huge success and received interest from around the world.

In addition to the successful applications to the V&A Purchase Grant Fund for £30,000 and the Art Fund totalling £14,000, a fundraising evening was held raising over £2,000.

The remainder of the funding has come from the very generous donations by supporters of the Museum Service.

Sara Wear, curator of Human History at the Warwickshire Museum Service, said “The interest the hoard and the campaign has generated is far beyond what anyone could have imagined. We have received donations and enquires from all over the world.

“We are sure, once the hoard is on display, it will attract visitors to the town and to Warwickshire.

“On behalf of the Warwickshire County Council Museum Service, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to bringing the hoard home for generations to come to enjoy.”


Pasquale Barile

Pasquale Barile, freelance egyptologist and writer, deals with ancient languages and genesis of civilization. Founder and President of the Ancient World Society and HistoryLab, conducts an intensive research, divulging and teaching activity in history. He is a member of the EES (Egypt Exploration Society) and SE (Société d'Égyptologie). He lives in Bologna, Italy.

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