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Roman Coins Found In Britain

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:01 pm
by Minimalist
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/0 ... p-friends/
Hoard of 2,000-year-old silver Roman coins unearthed by group of friends and a metal detector
First century, Flavian Dynasty. Plus other great finds.

Re: Roman Coins Found In Britain

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:04 pm
by kbs2244
"Although they discovered it in 2015, it has been kept secret until now, to enable archaeologists to explore the site first."

So much for transparency.

Re: Roman Coins Found In Britain

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:41 pm
by Simon21
Let us hope the figures are correct. It is said that the number declared is sometimes less than that found. The "excess" ends up on ebay.

Re: Roman Coins Found In Britain

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:03 pm
by kbs2244
Say it isn't so
All these finds are "royal property"
Government property.
This sale of "excess" you speak of would be theft of government property!

Re: Roman Coins Found In Britain

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:47 am
by Simon21
kbs2244 wrote:Say it isn't so
All these finds are "royal property"
Government property.
This sale of "excess" you speak of would be theft of government property!
Well quite, precious metal objects are declared treasure and must be (I believe) sold to the state at market value - the landowner gets 50%, the finder 50% - it is called the portable antiquities scheme.

Scandalously non precious metal objects are not covered. So we have atrocities like the Crosby Garret helmet - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosby_Garrett_Helmet.

This was found deliberately destroyed (perhaps as a tribute to its owner) but before archaeologists could properly examine it it was given to Christies to auction. They promptly "restored it" so it is now more resin than bronze and is partly the restorer's impression of what such a helmet should look like - much of its archaeological value has been destroyed, though they did discover the visor showed signs of wear, indicating that it was actually worn.