Silsden Hoard

Contributed by Cliffe Castle in Keighley

This treasure trove of coins had lain undiscovered for nearly two thousand years, buried in a field in Silsden (near Keighley). The hoard cotained 27 iron-age coins and a Roman finger ring.

These coins, called staters are just a little smaller than our present pound coins. They all date from the 1st Century AD, which was when the Romans first invaded Britain.

There are two other hoards of Iron Age coins found on the eastern side of the Pennines, within the tribal area of the Brigantes. They were not known to produce their own coins, so we think the hoards may have been hidden by refugees fleeing the Roman Army as it moved northwards. This hoard is particularly special as it contains a wide range from areas much further away - most of them issued by the ruler of the Trinovantes and Catuvellani, called Cunobelin. His main centre of power was Colchester, over 200 miles away.

It is intriguing to imagine the journey this coins must have taken in order to arrive in Keighley.

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