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TREASURE DISCOVERED IN GWENT

A Roman ring and Medieval and Tudor coins are treasure.

Three objects dating from the Roman period to the Post-Medieval period have today (Friday 20 December) been declared treasure by H.M. Senior Coroner for Gwent, Ms Caroline Saunders. The objects were discovered by metal detectorists and provide important evidence of personal items and wealth belonging to the people of Wales spanning over a thousand years.

The three objects are:

  • Treasure Case 17.27, a Roman silver ring, found in Graig Community, Newport.
  • Treasure Case 18.05, a medieval coin association found in Grosmont Community, Monmouthshire.
  • Treasure Case 18.12, a Tudor coin association from Llantilio Crossenny Community, Monmouthshire.

 

A Roman ring (Treasure Case 17.27) was found by Mr Peter Barnes while metal detecting in October 2017 in Graig Community, Newport. The ring is made of silver and is decorated with an incised pattern representing a palm branch. It has been dated by Evan Chapman, Senior Curator of Archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, to the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD.  

Newport Museum & Art Gallery have expressed an interest in acquiring the ring for their collection.

Newport City Councillor Debbie Harvey, Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, commented,

‘The ring is a good addition to Newport Museum’s nationally significant Roman collections and will be placed on display alongside examples from Caerwent and Caerleon. It depicts a palm frond – a Roman symbol of victory, which does not feature on any of the existing rings in the museum.’

A group of 5 gold and silver coins (Treasure Case 18.05) from the reign of Edward III (1327-77) was discovered by metal-detectorist Mr Mark Hackman in March 2018 in Grosmont Community, Monmouthshire. The coins were all minted in London, between 1344 and 1369, and would have been worth 9 shillings and a penny in the 14th century, the equivalent of about 22 days’ wages for a skilled tradesman, or the price of a cow.

Two silver groats of Mary I (1553-58) were found by Mr Darren Jessett while metal-detecting in Llantilio Crossenny Community, Monmouthshire, in April 2018 (Treasure Case 18.12). The two silver coins have both been deliberately folded into a ‘z’ shape, suggesting they may have been used as love tokens in a later period.

Abergavenny Museum has expressed an interest in acquiring the coins for their collection. Monmouthshire Museums and Arts Manager, Rachael Rogers said,

These objects have such interesting stories attached to them. Were they deliberately hidden or accidentally dropped? Acquiring the coins for our collections allows us to understand more about the people who once lived in the local area and tell their stories for our visitors.”