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Published on July 11th, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

Ancient Coins Found In Derbyshire Cave

Here at the Post Office Shop, we have a large range of collectible coins which have a wide range of both monetary and sentimental value. Recently we heard about a hoard of precious late Iron Age and Roman coins which has recently been excavated from a cave where they had remained unearthed for over 2,000 years.

This precious treasure was unearthed from Reynard’s Cave in Dovedale, Derbyshire. The cave lies just off a footpath between Dovedale and Milldale in the White Peak Estate. This area has been in the care of the National Trust since 1930.

An initial collection of four coins was found by a climber who had entered Reynard’s Cave to take shelter from the rain. After the discovery, a full excavation was carried out at the site. In total, twenty gold and silver coins from the late Iron Age were found along with three Roman coins.

Archaeologists and historians have dated the Roman coins found to be prior to the Roman invasion of Britain which took place in AD43. The Iron Age coins have been attributed to the Corieltavi tribe. This tribe is recognized as a collection of smaller clans which would come together in order to serve the common good. However, this tribe is generally known to have existed in areas further east such as Leicester, Lincoln and Sleaford.

During the Iron Age, coins were used as a way to denote status and power rather than as a means of payment. The archaeologists are now wondering whether the owner of the coins was just hiding his hoard to keep it safe or hoping that they would gain value over time.

The hoard that was found has now been classified as treasure. It is the largest collection of ancient coins to be found in the UK since a hoard of over 5000 coins which were found in Hallaton in south east Leicestershire.

The coins have been cleaned up by conservation specialists at the British Museum and University College London and they will be on permanent view at Buxton Museum later in the year.

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