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Total number of coins
England, United Kingdom
Find spot comment
"The hoard of late Roman gold solidi was found on 7th October 1990 by a man using a metal detector at Butterfield Down, Amesbury (Grid reference SU 16 41), and the coins were declared Treasure Trove at an Inquest held on 7th December 1990.
Excavation and observation at the site have revealed part of an extensive undefended Romano-British settlement. The site covers at least 6 hectares (15 acres) and geophysical techniques indicate that it may be much larger. It is laid out on a fairly organised plan with post-built fences dividing the site up into sub-rectangular units. Most of the ceramic material is from the 3rd or 4th centuries, although there is some slightly earlier material. The large number of storage pits, ovens and driers suggest an economy dominated by grain production and storage. Finds from the site include over a thousand coins.
Some of the solidi were found in fragments of a small beaker and I am grateful to Val Rigby for providing the following description and drawing. There are six sherds which join to form an almost complete necked globular beaker (Fig. 1); the fracture edges are clean and fresh, indicating that the vessel was broken recently. The fabric is orange with a grey core and a matt brown slip. It is a product of the New Forest potteries in Hampshire, and can be classified as Fulford type 30.12. The basic form is considered to have been introduced around AD 300, with production continuing into the sixth century, so that the Boscombe Down hoard provides valuable evidence that this particular small, plain variant was among the latest colour-coated products of the New Forest industry..
Valentinian II 2
A. Burnett, in CHRB IX (1992), 359f., types. mints, wts.
8 solidi in Dept. of Coins and Medals, BM
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