The Shapwick Hoard: Britain’s Largest Hoard of Roman Silver Denarii

The Shapwick Hoard can now be seen in the Museum of Somerset in Taunton.
The Shapwick Hoard can now be seen in the Museum of Somerset in Taunton

Take a look at this rather attractive pile of coins; who doesn’t like a bit of treasure? It’s actually a photo of the Shapwick Hoard, a collection of 9,262 Roman silver denarii coins found at Shapwick on the Somerset Levels in 1998.

Where was it found?

The hoard was discovered by amateur metal detectorists in a field at Shapwick. They excavated it before reporting it to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. During later archaeological investigations it was shown to have been buried in the corner of a room of a previously unknown Roman courtyard villa.

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