Somerset

Frome Hoard returns to Somerset for museum display

  • 5 September 2011
  • From the section Somerset
British Museum staff member displays a handful of the coins
About 52,000 coins were found buried in a field near Frome in Somerset

The Frome Hoard, the second largest collection of Roman coins found in the UK, is to be brought back from the British Museum to Somerset later.

The coins will go on display at the new Museum of Somerset, in Taunton, which opens at the end of the month.

In March the museum announced it had raised more than £320,000 to keep the coins.

There had been fears it would go to a private collection.

The collection of 52,000 Roman coins dates back more than 1,700 years and was found in Frome, Somerset, last April by a metal-detector enthusiast Dave Crisp, from Wiltshire.