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Coin hoards of the Roman Empire project

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:24 am
by Simon21
http://chre.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/content/about

Interesting definition of a coin hoard - but one can see why. The maps demonstrate again that this was largely a featture of the Western enpire and the North West in particular.

Re: Coin hoards of the Roman Empire project

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:20 pm
by kbs2244
It seems to be a, successful, long term grant magnet.

Re: Coin hoards of the Roman Empire project

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:34 pm
by Simon21
kbs2244 wrote:It seems to be a, successful, long term grant magnet.
Let us hope so, one can only guess at the enormous amount of valuable info that will be discovered,

Re: Coin hoards of the Roman Empire project

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:28 pm
by Minimalist
To a man who felt the need to hide a handful of bronze coins they probably were a fortune.

Re: Coin hoards of the Roman Empire project

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:32 am
by Simon21
Minimalist wrote:To a man who felt the need to hide a handful of bronze coins they probably were a fortune.

This is the intersting thing. Obviously there must have been many motives (as there are today when people hide things, like a certain partner who endlessly hides her spouse's car keys for no sane reason) but a lot of hoards in Britain at leastr were buried apparently in view overlooking settlements.

One slightly unusual motive was the fear of treaon. Using gold coins featuring Carausius would have been considered treasonous, so ti is presumed they were buried in hopes that they could be used some time in the future. Presumably the same applies with Constantine III.

Re: Coin hoards of the Roman Empire project

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:38 pm
by Minimalist
There were no banks and it was probably a precaution against brigands.

Re: Coin hoards of the Roman Empire project

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:07 am
by Simon21
Minimalist wrote:There were no banks and it was probably a precaution against brigands.
Possibly and in some cases certainly but that does not cover the whole picture - worthless or low value coins make up many of the finds.

In the case of the Frome hoard its existence is supposed to indicate that a version of the Secular games were held in Britain (again to somehow legitimise Carausius) though here Moorhead stresses ritual reasons - one waits for the book.

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-from ... ts-impact/

The Hoxne hoard, containing as it does stunning ritual objects is theorised to have been buried to avoid the attentions of Paulus nicknamed The Chain.

Interestingly this features a pepper pot in the shape of an emperess (disputed) which can be discerned from the position of her fingers - "I have the right to speak". Irritatingly precisely which emperess seems to remain a mystery - one who liked pepper one supposes.