Recent excitement centred round a very corroded lump of metal found in the collection. It had been handed in to us having been found near an archaeological dig of the town walls to the east of the town. It had been, very tentatively, identified as a Roman coin and it was felt because it was so corroded that it might be counterfeit but nothing had been done about it until one of our volunteers ‘re-found’ it.
Wiltshire Museum conservation service cleaned it up revealing it to be a rather debased denarius of the emperor Marcus Aurelius dated 162-163 AD.
Not a particularly important coin in its own right but an exciting discovery for our volunteer and yet more evidence of a Roman presence in Malmesbury, which intrigued the local press who had a field day. Click to read article.