The Seaton Down Hoard has arrived at RAMM, thanks to generous donations from our supporters. However we still need help for further research and conservation work on this treasure and to continue our exciting outreach activities, which bring the hoard and its stories to a varied audience across the region and beyond. Your support will help more people to enjoy the largest Roman coin hoard found in Devon.
Laurence Egerton found the hoard in 2013 whilst metal-detecting with a licence on land near Seaton, close to other known Roman sites. He found two coins, both the size of a thumbnail, and began digging, whereupon thousands more were soon uncovered. Laurence guarded the treasure for three days and nights until it could be excavated by professional archaeologists with the involvement of the Devon County Council Archaeologist and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
The Seaton Down Hoard consists of nearly 23,000 Roman coins and three iron ingots. The coins were all buried at the same time, around AD 350, but why, and by whom, is a mystery. They were probably held in a large leather sack or saddle bag and at 68kg weighed more than one person could comfortably lift. Most of the coins belong to the time of Emperor Constantine I and date from AD 317 to 340. They came from mints across the Roman world - Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey – giving insights into geography, communication and transport. The 4th century was a time of turmoil and uncertainty and this hoard has the potential to tell both immediate personal tales and large geopolitical stories.
Please help us preserve this treasure for Devon. All money donated will go to support further research, conservation and outreach work on the Seaton Down Hoard.