We have in our collection examples of coins from many periods and the finds are still coming. In 2007 an initial stash of 24 Roman coins were found in Milbourne, just outside of Malmesbury and a further 21 were discovered at the same site and are displayed in the museum. They are nummi and date from around 325AD. It has been suggested that they might have been the savings of a slave waiting for his release or possibly a child’s pocket money. They certainly were a poor person’s hoard as they were the equivalent of loose change.
In 2012 another larger Roman coin hoard of 1266 copper-alloy coins was found in an earthenware pot by a metal detectorist also at Milbourne. To see the latest newsletter concerning these coins please us this link: Coin Hoard
So when you are out and about keep an eye out as there may be another hoard just waiting to be discovered.