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The Beachy Head Hoards

At least five hoards from the mid third and early fourth centuries have been found in this area - in 1879 (700 coins), in 1899 (about 2000 coins), in 1961 (over 5000 copper antoniniani), in 1964 (just over 3000 silver denarii and antoniniani) and in 1973 (about 3000 silver antoniniani). 

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The Beachy Head Hoard, 1961

A farmer and his son were deep ploughing a field near Beachy Head in November 1961 when they noticed that the plough had brought up a scattering of copper coins.  They took some to the British Museum and later they and representatives from their local museum in Lewes recovered about 5,300 debased (copper) antoniniani, all dating between 254 and 275 AD (Gallienus to Aurelian), together with fragments of the pot which had originally contained them.  The whole hoard was taken to the British Museum for evaluation.  One feature of the coins in this hoard is that all were 'official' coins, the numerous contemporary copies had been identified and excluded by the owner of the treasure.

At present, we have no coins from this hoard for sale

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The Beachy Head Hoard, 1964

In April 1964, the same farmer uncovered a second hoard only a dozen or so yards from the site of the 1961 hoard.  This one consisted of 3,175 silver coins, mostly antoniniani and all of good-quality silver.  The date range of these coins spread from 196 AD to 266 AD, from the reign of Caracalla to that of Gallienus.  Because the two hoards were discovered so close together, it is reasonable to suppose they were assembled and buried by the same person.  We know of course the order in which they were discovered but have no way of knowing in what order they were buried or how long a time elapsed between the burial of the two hoards.

At present, we have no coins from this hoard for sale

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The Beachy Head Hoard, 1973

One of three roman coin hoards found near Beachy Head (Eastbourne) in the last hundred years, this one was discovered in 1973 and contained around 3,000 silver antoniniani from the middle of the third century.

At present, we have no coins from this hoard for sale

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