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12.05.2021

Wold Newton hoard

The Wald-Newton Hoard is a coin hoard dating back to the beginning of the fourth century AD. It contains 1,857 coins housed in a ceramic vessel. It was acquired by the Yorkshire Museum in 2016.

The hoard was found by metal detectorist David Blakely on September 21, 2014, in a field near Wold-Newton in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The hoard contains 1,857 copper alloy coins, all of which are nummies except for one rayon. All of the nummies are dated from A.D. 294-307, and the radiates from A.D. 268-270. The coins were found in a grayware jug dating to the 4th century. The coins and their container were found along with a fragmentary dish and other pottery fragments, one of which may have been used as a lid for a ceramic jug.

The Wold-Newton Hoard is the largest Roman hoard of its type ever discovered in the north of England.

After the hoard was declared a treasure trove, its value was just over £44,200. To raise the money, the Yorkshire Museum ran a fundraising campaign (launched July 25, 2016) that included donations from hundreds of people from around the world, £10,000 from the Arts Council/Victory and Albert Museum's Hoard Grant Fund and a donation of £9,981 from the American Friends of the Arts Foundation. The treasure was on public display on June 1, 2017, at the Yorkshire Museum as part of the York Roman Festival.

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