Coins from Hoards

The third and fourth centuries in Roman Britain were, by-and-large, times of danger.  Wealthy individuals, anxious to safeguard their wealth from raiding Picts, Scots and Saxons had no access to banks so instead buried their savings in pots until the danger had receded. Similarly soldiers who were posted away from their settled barracks to counter an internal threat, might also bury their savings for safety until they could return. Coin hoards represent the savings of those who, for one reason or another, never returned to claim the treasure they had hidden so carefully.

However, some archaeologists think that a few hoards were buried as offerings to the gods.

At present, we have a few coins from the following documented hoards: