Bath's Roman coin hoard project given £372,500 grant

Silver coins The coins were found in 2007 by archaeologists digging at Beau Street in Bath

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Efforts to buy and display a hoard of nearly 18,000 silver Roman coins have been boosted by a £372,500 grant.

The Beau Street Hoard was unearthed by archaeologists in Bath in 2007 and is thought to be the fifth largest find of its kind in the UK.

It is hoped the coins - some of which date back as far as 32BC - can now be acquired, conserved and displayed at the Roman Baths.

Some £15,000, raised by the public, will be added to the lottery cash.

Coin similar to the 32 BC coin in the hoard A coin from 32 BC similar to the one pictured was the oldest identified so far

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) said Bath and North East Somerset Council's project would "help everyone develop a better understanding of one of the most fascinating periods in the history of Bath".

Nerys Watts, head of the HLF in the South West, added: "We're proud to be funding these well thought out plans that will save the collection and ensure that the coins are held locally meaning that people from the surrounding community - as well as visitors from further afield - can learn about and enjoy them long into the future."

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