A hoard of seventeen Iron Age coins found in Dursley, Gloucestershire was declared treasure by a coroner yesterday.
The coins, sixteen silver and one gold, were unearthed over a period of years between 1993 and 1995 by local man Michael Jones, Gloucestershire Deputy Coroner Roland Wooderson said.
Experts dated them to between 50 BC and 10 AD, the coroner said.
The silver coins have been identified as West British Iron Age units of the “Cotswolds Eagle” type (50-20 BC) and the single gold coin, known as the “Stater”, bears the inscription “Corio” and was produced between 20 BC and 10 AD.
Kurt Adams, Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire and Avon, said: ‘These coins have traditionally been associated with the tribe known as the Dobunni and were produced in the area of the modern counties of Gloucestershire, d ‘Avon and West Oxfordshire and parts of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Somerset.
“At least two of the coins were struck from the same die.”
The coroner said: “They were found over several years, from 1993 to 1995. It was only after the discoverer had recently gone through his collection of past finds that he realized these pieces could be a scattered treasure Due to the period the finds were made they do not fall under the Treasure Trove Act 1996 but rather under the old ‘Treasure Trove’ Act.
“The objects are currently held at the Bristol Museum and the British Museum has been notified.
“I have received a letter dated 16 December 2021 from Dr Denise Wilding, the Registrar of Treasures at the British Museum. This letter states that the pieces appear to be considered treasures in terms of age and precious metal content.
“Stroud’s Museum in the Park has expressed an interest in acquiring them.
“These coins have been associated with the tribe known as the Dobunni and at least two of the coins were minted from the same die.
“They are believed to have been deposited as part of the hoarding of wealth with the intention of returning and recovering them later. It is likely that they were deliberately hidden.
“I have heard from Mr Michael Jones, the finder, who does not intend to attend the survey but confirms he had permission from the landowner.
“I can therefore record that these items were found, officially, on 1st January 1995 in Gloucestershire by Mr Jones and that there was an agreement between him and the landowner. The coins are indeed a treasure.”