Rare Roman coin hoard goes on display in Warwick’s Market Hall Museum

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Roman coins and the pot they were found in.

A RARE collection of Roman Silver Dinari coins are now on display in Market Hall Museum, Warwick. 

After a very successful fundraising campaign, Warwickshire Museum has now acquired the second South Warwickshire Roman silver Denarii coin hoard.

Curators from the museum service collected the 440 coins from the British Museum in London earlier in the month and brought them back to Market Hall Museum where they are now on display, along with the pot in which they were discovered.

The hoard will be on temporary display on the ground floor of the museum until 6th July when it will make way for the summer exhibition ‘To the Moon and Beyond.’ Following this, it will be transferred to the ‘Origins to Romans’ gallery on the first floor of the Market Hall Museum later in the month.

The hoard was found on the Edge Hill in 2015 during excavations of a Roman settlement, it contains coins that date back as far as 147BC and includes rare coins from the ‘Year of the Four Emperors’ AD 68 to 69. It was acquired with the assistance of the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and donations from the public.

Warwickshire County Councillor Heather Timms, portfolio holder for environment, heritage and culture said: “This is an amazingly important find for Warwickshire and our Roman past. Now that the hoard has come home, these coins will remain here where Warwickshire’s residents can enjoy them for generations to come.”

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

The hoard made up of 440 silver denarii coins was uncovered during an archaeological dig at a Roman site on the Edge Hill in 2015. They were buried in a ceramic pot over 1,900 years ago, under the floor of a building. This is the second hoard of denarii to be found in this area and this new discovery contains 78 coins dating to AD 68-69, a turbulent time in Roman history known as the ‘Year of the Four Emperors’.

This important period is known as the ‘Year of the Four Emperors’, when the death of Nero in AD 68 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, The second South Warwickshire hoard contains the largest collection of civil war-era coins ever found.