Hoard of Roman silver coins found in Flintshire officially declared a treasure

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Aware: Tuesday June 28, 2022

Updated: Tuesday June 28

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Two treasure finds, including a hoard of Roman-dated coins and a medieval silver brooch, were declared treasures today, Tuesday June 28, 2022, by North Wales (East and Central) Assistant Coroner Katie Sutherland.

Wayne Jones discovered a hoard of Roman silver coins while metal detecting in a grass field in the community of Halkyn in June 2020.

The coin hoard contains 13 silver denarii minted between 64 and 117 AD. The first coin in the treasury is a denarius of Emperor Nero (54-68 AD), and the last is a denarius of Emperor Trajan (98-117 AD).

The treasure was probably buried a short time later, around 117-125 AD

Halkyn Mountain was an important Roman lead mining site.

A Roman lead pig (ingot), discovered in 2019 at Rossett, Wrexham, has been chemically linked to lead from Halkyn Mountain, and further evidence of early Roman lead mining and smelting has been discovered in the North East of Wales and in the vicinity of Chester.

Therefore, the burial of this treasure could be related to mining activities in the area.

Alastair Willis, Senior Curator of Welsh Numismatics and Economics, Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum of Wales, said:

“This hoard of coins adds to a growing body of evidence for Roman activity in and around Halkyn during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, which was probably primarily related to lead mining at Halkyn Mountain.”

The Flintshire Museum Service would like to acquire the hoard of coins for its collection, following independent appraisal by the Hoard Valuation Committee.

Sophie Fish, Manager of Museums, Culture and Heritage for Flintshire, said:

“This is an extremely exciting find from our Roman past. It is interesting to imagine who the coins belonged to and what goods were bought with the coin.”

“We hope to be able to display them at the Mold Museum as part of a new exhibition on Roman activity in Flintshire.”

A small medieval-dated silver ring stirrup brooch was discovered by Scott Bevan in October 2019, while metal detecting in a farm field at Erbistock Community, Wrexham.

The frame of the brooch is decorated with fine transverse bands inlaid with black niello, a metal alloy with sulfur.

The dagger-shaped pin has incised decoration, as well as two “stirrups”, curved protrusions extending from the end of the pin’s head, which were meant to prevent snagging.

This brooch dates from the 13th or early 14th century.

Sian Iles, Curator of Medieval and Later Archeology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales says:

“Medieval silver ring brooches like the Erbistock example are increasingly being recorded in Wales, thanks to reports through the 1996 Treasury Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.”

“This continuing enrichment of evidence allows us to build a strong picture of the ways personal identities were expressed in medieval Wales, through the use of jewelery and other personal adornments.”

The Wrexham County Archives and Museum is interested in acquiring the brooch for its collection, following an independent appraisal by the Treasury Appraisal Committee.

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