Find Spot record MLI40152 - Roman Coin Hoard, Tattershall Thorpe


3rd century Roman coin hoard, found at Tattershall Thorpe.

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A coin hoard of 5 to 7 thousand Roman antoniniani was found in 1982, during gravel extraction at Tattershall Thorpe. The coins showed a range of emporers between Gallienus to Probus, and had been kept in a greyware jar, although this had been smashed during the extraction works. {1} The hoard was subsequently examined in more detail at the British Museum, and the total number of coins was recorded as 5074, with a few further fragmentary coins. The date range of the coins was extended backwards to the reign of Valerian. {2} 'In July the dragline operator at the Bain Aggregates gravel pit at Tattershall Thorpe disturbed a Roman pot containing a large number of antoniniani while extending the quarry face. The pot was smashed in the process, but all the pieces were kept. Roughly one third of the coins were loose, but the rest formed a large concentrated mass following the inner contours of the pot. Both pot and coins were brought to the Lincoln museum. Further coins were located on a subsequent visit to the site by museum staff. The whole hoard, of 5074 antoniniani and fragments, was examined at the British Museum. The coins were all of 3rd century date, ranging from Valerian I to Probus (253 - 282 AD). The coins were contained in a greyware jar or cooking-pot which was fragmented on discovery. It has now been restored to a c.2/3 complete profile. The fabric is fairly sandy and of a uniform colour throughout and does not appear to be a Lincoln product. The pot is somewhat distorted and though not a waster is definitely a 'second'. The inner surface is coated with a green cuprous staining from the coins, but this in turn covers traces of a whitish food residue deposit, suggesting that it had been in use before its selection as a coin container. The outside surface is marked by two zones of incised lattice with light burnishing below between and above the zones.' {3}

Sources/Archives (3)

  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 25 NW: BR.
  •  Article in Serial: A.J. White and M.C. Solly (eds.). 1983. 'Archaeology in Lincolnshire and South Humberside, 1982' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. vol.18, p.106.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Anne S. Robertson. 2000. An Inventory of Romano-British Coin Hoards. no.753, p.180.



Grid reference TF 225 598 (point)

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Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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