Thursday, 14 July 2011

Coin contexts matter

It appears that a hoard of 4th century Roman coins have been discovered on a beach in the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) (see BBC News). Their location, well outside the confines of the Roman Empire, is clearly significant. The scientific study of the hoard will provide additional research information that would have been lost if the coins had been removed in a more illicit way.

It should be noted that the find spot has not been disclosed to "protect the site".

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1 comment:

Paul Barford said...

Could you point out please for the benefit of our transatlantic coin-collecting friends that there is no PAS in the Outer Hebrides and the treasure Act does not apply up there?

But I am glad it did not just disappear to "surface" on a foreign market.

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