The Beau Street Hoard
The Beau Street hoard, containing 17,577 silver Roman coins, was
found beneath a Roman building in Beau Street, Bath in 2007. The
coins span the period from 32BC - 270AD and are unusual as they
were buried in eight separate leather money bags in
the centre of Bath.
On 5 March 2014 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
approved a grant of £372,500 towards Bath & North East Somerset
Council’s Beau Street Hoard project, which aims to deliver a range
of activities around this fascinating find.
The coins are made up largely of two
types of Roman coins - denarii and radiates. Presently the hoard,
which is officially 'treasure' valued at £120,000, is being
conserved at The British Museum. The process was
recorded in a fascinating time-lapse photographic record which you
can see on
the British Museum blog.
Bath & North East Somerset Council hopes
to keep the coins in Bath, where they were originally buried, and
submitted a Stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to
purchase, display and interpret the hoard at the Roman
The Beau Street Hoard has the potential to
increase our understanding of life in Roman Bath, Roman Somerset
and Roman Britain. Its discovery has created a lot interest, both
with the general public and with specialists and
As part of of our Heritage Lottery fund
application a wide range of community activities are planned, with
the intention of engaging people with the heritage of the hoard,
promoting pubc understanding, interest and participation in
archaeology and local heritage. Events include drop-in activities,
longer-term projects, mobile roadshows, the development of new
educational resources for teachers and students, and public events
including talks and presentations.
If you run or belong to a community or history
group and would like us to come and give an illustrated talk on the
hoard, please contact us.
You are welcome to come and enjoy our
temporary free display featuring a small selection of coins in
the Sun Lounge which is just off the Pump Room.
There is also a selection of coins from the
hoard on show in the Citi Money Gallery at the British Museum.
press release here
Coins from the Beau street hoard