Frome Roman coin find declared treasure

Frome Hoard
Image caption Mr Crisp also discovered The Frome Hoard near to where he discovered the eleven coins

Eleven Roman coins, found near the spot where the Frome Hoard was discovered, have been declared as treasure.

Metal detectorist Dave Crisp, from Wiltshire, who also discovered the previous hoard, found the Roman Siliquae coins in March.

Five of the 11 silver coins are complete. A hearing will now take place to determine their value.

Somerset County Council has already indicated it would be interested in buying the coins.

The ruling was made earlier by East Somerset coroner Tony Williams, sitting at Wells Town Hall.

The Frome Hoard is believed to be the largest ever collection of Roman coins found in Britain in a single container.

'Eligible for reward'

That haul was declared as treasure, at an inquest in July last year.

It went on display at the Museum of Somerset in September.

Mr Crisp had earlier found a hoard of 60 silver coins in the same field before he discovered the larger pot of coins.

That find was also declared treasure.

The 1996 Treasure Act legally obliges finders of historic metal objects to report their discovery to the local coroner who determines whether or not it constitutes treasure.

Finders and land owners are eligible for a reward.

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