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27.03.2021

Shrewsbury Hoard

The Shrewsbury Hoard (also known as the Shropshire Hoard ) is a hoard of 9,315 bronze Roman coins discovered by a metal prospector in a field near Shrewsbury, Shropshire in August 2009 coins were found in a large pottery storage jar that had been buried in about 335 AD. 

The coins were found by Nick Davies in a brown pot on a plantation near a public bridge just a month after he took up metal prospecting as a hobby, and were his first find. Davis had not obtained permission from the landowner to find the metal on his land, not realizing it was a requirement, and when he discovered the treasure, he dug up the pot himself, although he later took it to show Peter. Reavill, the Portable Antiquities Scheme program finds a liaison officer in Herefordshire and Shropshire. Davis later took charge of Reavill and Shropshire County Council.Archaeologists to the site and a small excavation was made. The excavation showed that the pot had probably been placed in the ground partially filled (with coins dating from about A.D. 320), and that the pot was subsequently filled with coins dating from 333-335. Our era, before it was covered with a large marker. The top of the pot broke off, and about 300 scattered coins were found in the area around where the find was made. The total weight of the pot and coins was approximately 32 kilograms (71 pounds).

After the excavation was completed, the hoard was sent to the British Museum in London for cleaning and preservation. 

Although the coins have no individual value, the large number of coins in the hoard makes it important.  Rivill suggested that since Britain produced food for export to other parts of the Roman Empire during the reign of Constantine I, the coins might represent payment to farmers or the farming community for their crops, and that the money might have been buried for safekeeping, with withdrawals if necessary.

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