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Hoard of Roman Coins to Go on Display

August 24, 2012 – A hoard of 39 gold and silver coins dated from the end of the Roman presence in Britain will go on show at Ashdon Village Museum for the first time.

The one-day display will be held during a bank holiday on Monday August 27 in arrangement with Saffron Walden Museum.

Ashdon Village Museum is holding a fund-raising weekend from the 25th to 27th and the display will be one of many attractions during the event.

The hoard, including 7 gold coins, 31 silver coins, and 1 bronze coin were found in Ashdon parish by a metal detectorist and has been reported as treasure. The find also included a flattened gold ring.

Saffron Walden Museum is responsible for preserving archaeological finds from the Uttlesford district, where the coins were unearthed, and was able to acquire them with help from the V and A Purchase Grant Fund.

However, the local importance of the hoard to Ashdon prompted the museums and the finder to give a public showing in the parish where the hoard was found.

The hoard, buried after AD 406, coincided with the time when the Roman army and administration pulled forces out of Britain, leaving the British to govern themselves.

Carolyn Wingfield, curator with the Saffron Walden Museum has said the hoard is eye catching as well as an insight into political life during a crossroads in the history of Britain.

Ashdon is located close to Great Chesterford, which served as a large walled Roman town at the time the coins would have been placed in the earth.

Wingfield believes the coin may have belonged to one of the Romano-British community that was based there or may have been a payment made to some of the Saxon mercenaries whose graves were discovered at Great Chesterford in the 1950s.

The hoard will be displayed at the Ashdon Village Museum between 10:30 am and 5pm. There will be other displays as part of the fundraising weekend, including craft stalls, books, collectibles, and refreshments served all day in its tea rooms.

Admission to the event, the display of the coin hoard and other activities, is free.

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