From 3 July to 2 September Brighton Museum will be displaying the High Weald Roman Coin Hoard. Visitors can view this recently acquired, unique and rare hoard of Roman coins found in Sussex before it tours a number of Sussex museums.
The High Weald Roman Coin Hoard was discovered by a metal detectorist on land in the Weald, about, 30 miles north west of Brighton. The coins in the hoard date from the third century AD; a period which saw the Roman Empire in a state of turmoil, crippled by civil war, invasion, plague and downturn in financial stability. The latest coins in the hoard date to around AD 268 and it is one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in the county.
A series of coins will also be displayed individually giving us a glimpse into the lives of the Romans. Six of the coins show the Roman empresses, including the third coin of Tranquillina (wife of Gordian III) and only the second coin of Cornelia Supera (wife of Aemilian) found anywhere in the country. When a coin of an empress with a new hair style went into circulation, it had an impact on general hair style trends, similar to today’s fashion magazines. The coins depicting each of the Roman emperors tell us tales of murder and betrayal.
The hoard and its pottery container were acquired by the Royal Pavilion & Museums with a grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Published 3rd July 2012
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