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03.04.2021

West Bagborough Hoard

The West Bagborough Treasure is a hoard of 670 Roman coins and 72 hacksilver pieces found in October 2001 by metal finder James Hawkesworth near West Bagborough in Somerset, England.

The treasure was discovered by metal detector James Hawkesworth, a police officer from Bishops Lydard. No traces of buildings or other structures were found in the area.

After an investigation into the treasure at Taunton, the treasure was declared a treasure and valued at £40,650. Somerset County Museum Services purchased the treasure, with the help of Somerset County Council, the Heritage Foundation Lottery and £16400 from the Victoria and Albert Museum / Grant Purchase Resource Fund. It is now on display at the Somerset Museum on the grounds of Tonton Castle.

681 coins included two denarii from the early 2nd century and eight miliarities and 671 pods all from the period 337 AD. - 367, but including a large number of spears some silver and others of copper alloy, plated silver leaf. Recent coins indicate that the hoard was buried around 365 AD. Most of the coins were minted during the emperors Constantius II and Julian and came from a number of mints, including Arles and Lyon in France, Trier in Germany, and Rome. There were also 64 hacksilver pieces, weighing a total of 722 g.

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