Archaeologists working at the building site of a new hotel in Bath, Somerset have discovered a huge hoard of 30,000 Roman silver coins that have been provisionally valued at around £150,000 and have been quickly called a “treasure trove” find.
The site is located on Beau Street, only 450 feet from the historic Roman Baths and Pump House in the city, with the coins thought to be the fifth largest hoard ever to be discovered in Britain and the biggest such discovery on a known Roman site.
Already dubbed the ‘Beau Street Hoard’, the silver coins are believed to date from around 270AD, a time of unrest in the Roman Empire. Archaeologists and historians have strongly suggested that the coins could well have been buried as a result of this turmoil and can therefore be linked to an even larger hoard of over 50,000 coins dated from around the same time that were discovered in April 2010 not far away in Frome, Somerset, which we reported on last year.
The coins of the Beau Street Hoard were found fused together and have been sent to the British Museum for analysis and conservation work that is expected to take at least a year. Steven Clews, the manager of the Roman Baths and Pump Room said: “We’ve put in a request for a formal valuation and then hope to buy the coins to display them at the baths”. As the public’s fascination with both Roman Britain and precious metal coins continues, the hoard going on display would certainly be sure to attract many eager visitors.