Roman coins hoard
One of the largest deposits of
Roman coins ever recorded in Wales, has been
declared treasure trove.
Nearly 6,000 copper alloy coins were found
buried in two pots in a field at Sully, Vale of
Glamorgan by a local metal detector enthusiast
After the ruling by the Cardiff coroner, a
reward is likely to be paid to the finder and
It is hoped the coins will be donated to
National Museum Wales, which has called the find
Two separate hoards were found by the metal
detectorist on successive days, one involving
2,366 coins and the other 3,547 coins, 3m away.
The 1,700-year-old coins dated from the reigns
of numerous emperors, notably Constantine I (the
Great, AD 307-37), during whose time
Christianity was first recognised as a state
Edward Besly, the museum’s coin specialist
called it an “exceptional find”.
He said: “The coins provide further evidence for
local wealth at the time. They also reflect the
complex imperial politics of the early fourth
‘Time of danger’
It is thought the two hoards were buried by the
same person, possibly two years apart. A similar
find was uncovered in the area in 1899.
“There was quite a bit of Roman activity in the
area at the time, southwards from Cardiff
Castle, where there was a Roman fort, to the
Knap at Barry where there was an administrative
building and there were farms in the Sully
area,” said Mr Besly.
“There’s a human story there somewhere but it’s
intangible, we can’t really get to it but
certainly somebody buried two pots of coins.”
“It could have been they were buried for safe
keeping, possibly at a time of danger.”
It is hoped the coins will be given over to the
museum for further study and to go on public
Also declared treasure by the coroner were two
bronze axes from Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan.
Discovered in June 2008, they were buried
together as a small hoard. The two complete
bronze socketed axes have ribbed decoration and
are examples of the south Wales type, dating to
the late bronze age (1000-800 BC).