Treasure hoard alert after string of Roman coin finds in Sunderland

Doug Scrafton with the roman coin found in a garden in South Hylton some years ago.
Doug Scrafton with the roman coin found in a garden in South Hylton some years ago.
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A HOARD of rare Roman coins could be buried on Wearside.

South Hylton, in Sunderland, has seen a series of exciting discoveries in recent weeks, sparking rumours there could be a wealth of hidden treasure in the area.

Doug Scrafton with the roman coin found in a garden in South Hylton some years ago.

Doug Scrafton with the roman coin found in a garden in South Hylton some years ago.

The coins, dating back to 110AD, were unearthed by amateur archeologists at various sites.

Doug Scrafton, secretary of the South Hylton History Society, said: “We know of about three that were found in recent weeks, as well as a bronze one that was dug up in the 1960s, which dates back to 110AD to 118AD.

“The lady said her late husband dug it up while he was working in the garden.

“She took it to a museum to find out more about it and they said there had been another three reported in recent weeks.”

Over the years, masonry from a Roman dam and a milestone have been found in South Hylton.

“If people do find these coins, it is important that they come forward and tell us about them,” said Mr Scrafton. “The coins may have been sat in drawer for years and they have never had them officially logged.

“They will help build up an historical picture of the area.”

Last month, it emerged that more than 30,000 Roman coins were found by archaeologists working in Bath in 2007.

The silver coins are believed to date from 270AD and are the fifth largest UK hoard ever found.

The coins are fused together and were sent to the British Museum.

Conservators are expected to take at least a year to work through them.

The size of the find is not as large as the Frome Hoard, in April 2010, when more than 53,500 coins were discovered by metal detectorist Dave Crisp near Frome, in Somerset.

The coins found in this hoard date from a similar time and are thought to be the largest ever discovered in a Roman town in the UK.

“We’re obviously not expecting something on that scale, but it looks as if there could be more in the area,” said Mr Scrafton.

To contact the South Hylton History Society, email south.hyltonlhs@ntlworld.com or visit www.shlhs.com.

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