Record Details

NHER Number:32591
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman radiate coin hoard


A hoard of over two thousand Roman copper alloy radiate coins has been recovered by a metal detectorist. The coins were scattered throughout the ploughsoil and excavation was unable to identify their original burial site. The poor condition of the coins suggests that they were disturbed by ploughing some time ago and were scattered throughout the field. The coins were deposited around AD 277. Other Roman, medieval and post medieval finds were also recorded.

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Map Sheet:TG30SE

Full description

Early March 1997. Metal detecting.
Hoard in ploughsoil, around 414 Roman coins, 3rd century radiates.
Details to follow. Further fieldwork to be undertaken.
One medieval coin, one medieval sherd in same area.
See [1].
A. Rogerson (NLA), 12 March 1997.

March/April 1997. Metal detecting.
104 more coins from ploughsoil in same area.
Details to follow from J. Davies (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 11 April 1997.

26 and 27 August 1997.
Excavation of main area of scattered hoard.
Machining down to natural in spits produced around 500 more coins (including finds from spoil heap). No hoard context found. All coins in topsoil. (S1) in file of recorded coin find spots shows a diffuse 'epicentre'. Hoard disturbed and scattered some time ago. Sub-soiler marks, closely spaced, visible in surface of natural, running east to west.
Further details, coin lists etc. to follow.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 8 September 1997.

September 1997. Metal detecting.
From general area of coin hoard.
Pottery: one Roman greyware body sherd, one medieval glazed body sherd, one medieval unglazed body sherd.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NLA).
Part of Roman rosette brooch. Narrow vertically fluted bow (fragment) cast-in-one with foot which has concentrically ridged decoration on front and remains of catchplate on reverse. 1st century AD.
Identified by H. Geake (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 7 November 1997.

August/September 1997. Metal detecting.
Medieval, post medieval and unidentified metal finds.
Medieval sherds.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 24 September 1998.

October/November 1997. Metal detecting.
In area of coin hoard.
One medieval coin, padlock.
Late medieval belt or strap fitting.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 8 December 1997.

November/December 1997. Metal detecting.
One medieval coin, medieval seal matrix.
Medieval/post medieval ?knife handle.
Details in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 12 January 1998.

September to October 1998.
117 more Roman coins from scattered hoard.
Further details will follow.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 9 November 1998.

January to February 1999. Metal detecting.
47 more coins from scattered Roman coin hoard. Details to follow.
One medieval coin.
Medieval copper alloy buckle frame. Oval, with missing bar. Outer edge swells slightly and is decorated with ribbing. Traces of gilding.
Identified by H.M. Geake (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 6 March 1999.

April to May 1999. Metal detecting.
One medieval and one post medieval coin.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 3 September 1999.

List by [1] of coins from scattered hoard found up to January/February 1999.
Identification of one medieval coin found January/February 1999.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 20 June 2000.

Early 2000. Metal detecting.
52 more coins from scattered Roman coin hoard.
Details to follow.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 9 June 2000.

See (S1) showing distribution of coins from dispersed hoard, with notes on location of 1997 excavation.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 6 February 2001.

Up to March 2001. Metal detecting.
22 more coins from scattered Roman coin hoard.
Details to follow.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 9 April 2001.

August/September 2001. Metal detecting.
Medieval buckle.
Early post medieval buckle.
Post medieval coin.
Undated ?token.
Lists in file.
S. Ashley (NLA), 9 October 2001.

October/November 2002. Metal detecting.
Medieval gilt pendant.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 11 December 2002.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman to Post Medieval - 43 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • RING (Unknown date)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN HOARD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN HOARD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KNIFE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PADLOCK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PENDANT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HARNESS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • KNIFE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: I&RS. Finds Polaroid. Polaroid.
---Article in serial: Bland, R.. 1999. Langley with Hardley, Norfolk.. Coin Hoards from Roman Britain. Vol XI.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. 25 March.
---Newspaper Article: 1999. Eastern Daily Press. 7 May.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1998. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 193-210. p 200.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Map: Finder's Map..

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