As I made the highly intelligent decision of creating this blog during a period of epic procrastination from essay writing, I am now in a position where I am too busy and frazzled to commit to in-depth posts at the moment. So instead I thought I’d reblog this wonderful article from The British Museum Blog about the Beau Street Hoard of coins discovered in Bath. Being a numismatist in the making, this has really peaked my interest and I’m excited to see that Richard Abdy (Curator of Roman Coins & Medals at BM – see his staff profile here) is involved with the project. I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Richard at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (lucky as its part of my university) to coincide with their latest numismatics exhibit – Cityscapes: Panoramic Views on Coins and Medals  – and he is a world-leading numismatist and truly interesting man. I may hopefully (fingers, toes and other extremities crossed) be working with him and the department for a few weeks this Summer, so I can question him persistently and annoyingly about the Hoard!

Now back to Nero and the rhetoric of the grotesque!


British Museum blog

Julia Tubman, conservator, British Museum

In November 2007, during a routine archaeological excavation in advance of building work in Beau Street, Bath (a stone’s throw from the famous Roman Baths themselves), archaeologists came upon what was clearly a very large number of coins contained within a cist (a stone-lined box). Upon further excavation, they quickly came to realise they were looking at one of the largest coin hoards found in the UK, representing quite a tumultuous time in Roman Britain – about AD 270.

When groups of coins that appear to be over 300 years old are found, they must be reported to the local coroner (according to the Treasure Act 1996). The coins enter what we call the ‘Treasure Process’ where, if necessary for identification, they will be cleaned in preparation for their formal declaration as Treasure and the property of the Crown, or eventual valuation…

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