Record Details

NHER Number:7818
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Honingham Iron Age coin hoard


An Iron Age Iceni coin hoard that was buried after AD 45 and possibly during the Boudican revolt of AD 60/61. It was found by a farmer in 1954 and excavations followed. Over 300 coins were retrieved, all of which are believed to have been buried inside a pot. Metal detecting in 1988 and 1989 recovered three further coins that probably came from the hoard, as well as medieval and post medieval metalwork.


  • Iron Age coins from the Honingham hoard. The hoard containing over 300 silver units was found in 1954. it was buried, inside a pot, in the 1st century AD  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


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Map Sheet:TG11SW

Full description

July 1954.
Iron Age coin hoard found in hoeing.
Part excavation by R.R. Clarke (NCM).
Reported in (S6).

March 1955.
Further finds followed by further excavation by R.R. Clarke (NCM)..

1988. Metal detecting.
Two further Iron Age coins and post medieval metalwork.
See details, report (S1), photocopies of coins (S2), pottery drawing (S3) and (S4) correspondence in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 January 1990.

May 1989.
One Iron Age coin.
See (S5).
D. Robertson (NLA), 20 March 2006.

340 Iceni coins were discovered in 1945 and 1955. 100 were recovered from inside a broken pot, with the others found in the surrounding area. It was thought most, if not all, originally contained within the pot.
Latest coin in the hoard dates to about AD 45. Hoard possibly concealed during Boudican rebellion of AD 60/61.
Information from (S1).
The 1988 and 1989 coin finds are probably from the same hoard.
Information from (S5), who states that 341 coins were found in 1954/1955.
D. Robertson (NLA), 20 March 2006.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN HOARD (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WHEEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HARNESS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: 1934. Archaeol. News Letter.. no 4, p 64.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1954. Boadicea's people hid Norfolk coin hoard. 20 August.
---Article in Serial: 1955-7. [unknown]. BMJ. Vol XXVIII, p 1-10.
---Article in Serial: 1955. [unknown]. Journal of Roman Studies. Vol XLV, p 136.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1954. Eastern Daily Press. 28 August.
---Newspaper Article: The Times. 1954. The Times. 3 August.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 11 SW 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Honingham Hoard list.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1954. Inquest to be held on Honingham hoard. 17 August.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Iron Age. Honingham [2].
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1955. Norwich Museum Excavations 1954. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 7 (for 1954) p 1.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: EUJ 23-9 (1988 coins).
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Serial: Clarke, R.R. 1956. A Hoard of Silver Coins of the Iceni from Honingham, Norfolk. British Numismatic Journal. Vol XXVIII.
<S2>Photograph: Photocopy of artefact or artefacts.
<S3>Illustration: Unknown. 1988. Drawing of an Iron Age pot.. Card. 1:1.
<S4>Correspondence: 1955. Correspondence regarding Iceni coin hoard.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Green, B.. 1989. Three silver Iron Age coins from Honingham.
<S6>Serial: 1954. Council for British Archaeology Group VII Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. No 1. p 2.

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