The aims of our project
The Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project is the brainchild of Baron Lorne Thyssen and is funded by the Augustus Foundation. It intends to fill a major lacuna in the digital coverage of coin hoards from antiquity. Its aim is to collect information about hoards of all coinages in use in the Roman Empire between approximately 30 BC and AD 400. Imperial Coinage will form the main focus of the project, but Iron Age and Roman Provincial coinages issued within this period will also be included. The data we collect will provide the foundations for a systematic Empire-wide study of hoarding and is intended to promote the integration of numismatic data into broader research on the Roman Economy.
What is a hoard?
There is no agreed definition of what constitutes a hoard. In some countries, offerings at temple sites and in graves are considered to be distinct types of assemblages, in others, the site context is deemed less important than the number of coins deposited together.
The Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project will employ a very broad definition of hoarding to include any group of coins which appear to have been deposited together. We will therefore collect information not only on groups of coins traditionally identified as 'hoards', but also on funerary deposits and assemblages classified as 'votive offerings'. Data on single finds of gold coins will also be incorporated as their high value merits their consideration as hoards in themselves.
What sort of data are we currently collecting?
The project is currently in its first phase (2013-2017). In this phase, we aim to collect summary hoard data from as many Roman provinces as possible, as well as inputting a selection of hoards at the level of the individual coin. Please be aware that the data available on this website is constantly being updated and expanded and should not be considered comprehensive.
Until hoards have been marked as validated by a contributor, they will not appear in searches or be visible to public users.
Want to learn more?
If you have queries about the project or would like to contribute digital data or images of hoards, please contact one of the team who will be happy to help.