The Frome Hoard

The Frome Hoard

By (author) Roger Bland , By (author) Sam Moorhead , By (author) Anna Booth


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On 9 April 2010, Dave Crisp found 21 coins while metal detecting on farmland near Frome. Two days later he returned to the site (the precise location and identity of the landowner are being kept secret), and discovered a huge pot filled with more coins. Archaeologists believe the hoard will rewrite the history books. One of the most important aspects of the hoard is that it contains a large group of coins of Carausius, who ruled Britain independently from AD286 to AD293, and was the first Roman emperor ever to strike coins in Britain. The hoard contains more than 760 of his coins, making it the largest group of his coins ever found. Among these coins are five rare examples of his silver denarii, the only coins of their type being struck anywhere in the Roman Empire at the time. The late third century AD was a time when Britain suffered barbarian invasions, economic crises and civil wars. Roman rule was finally stabilized when the emperor Diocletian formed a coalition with the Emperor Maximian, which lasted 20 years. This defeated the breakaway regime which Carausius had established in Britain.

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 186 x 186 x 6mm | 158.76g
  • 06 Jan 2011
  • London
  • English
  • 50 col illus
  • 071412334X
  • 9780714123349
  • 415,433

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