A Hoard of Ancient Roman Antoninianus Coins of Emperor Victorinus - 275 AD

A huge cache of 1,418 Roman coins, part of a hoard discovered on Wednesday 13th November 2012, on farmland in South Petherton, Somerset. Fully recorded by the British Museum and subsequently returned to the finder and landowner. 

The hoard dates to the late 3rd century AD, a time of great turmoil in the Roman world known as the Crisis of the Third Century. The coins appear to have been placed in a leather or cloth container and hurriedly buried in the undergrowth, some time around 275 AD.

The owner never returned to reclaim his treasure and the coins lay buried and forgotten for over 1,700 years, until their discovery by amateur archaeologist, George Hughes.

The coins in this group are antoniniani minted under Emperor Victorinus, who ruled from 269 – 271 AD. On the obverse they show a portrait bust of Victorinus, with a Latin inscription naming him and giving his titles. The reverses are stamped with images of popular Roman deities and act as propaganda for Victorinus’ rule.

After its discovery and excavation, the entire hoard was taken to the British Museum, where it was fully recorded and declared as treasure. A heavily condensed version of the full report can be accessed at the following link.

A Hoard of Ancient Roman Antoninianus Coins of Emperor Victorinus - 275 AD. A huge cache of 1,418 Roman coins, part of a hoard discovered on Wednesday 13th November 2012, on farmland in South Petherton, Somerset. Fully recorded by the British Museum and subsequently returned to the finder and landowner.  The hoard dates to the late 3rd century AD, a time of great turmoil in the Roman world known as the Crisis of the Third Century. The coins appear to have been placed in a leather or cloth container and hurriedly buried in the undergrowth, some time around 275 AD. The owner never returned to reclaim his treasure and the coins lay buried and forgotten for over 1,700 years, until their discovery by amateur archaeologist, George Hughes. The coins in this group are antoniniani minted under Emperor Victorinus, who ruled from 269 – 271 AD. On the obverse they show a portrait bust of Victorinus, with a Latin inscription naming him and giving his titles. The reverses are stamped with images of popular Roman deities and act as propaganda for Victorinus’ rule. After its discovery and excavation, the entire hoard was taken to the British Museum, where it was fully recorded and declared as treasure. A heavily condensed version of the full report can be accessed at the following link.

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