Appeal launched after hoard of 30,000 Roman coins found in Bath
Experts are sifting through what is believed to be one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain after an archaeological dig in Bath.
It is thought there could be as many as 30,000 silver coins in the collection found during work on a new city centre hotel.
Now the Roman Baths has launched an appeal to raise £150,000 to acquire, conserve and display the third century coins.
The hoard dates to 270AD, at a time when the western Roman empire was threatened by civil war and barbarian invasion.
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Thousands of coins are fused together in a large block, making identification and counting difficult.
Conservators at the British Museum in London are expecting the task of analysing the coins to take a whole year.
The discovery - known as the Beau Street Hoard - began to be made in 2008 at the site of work on the Gainsborough Hotel in Beau Street.
It is being described as one of the five largest hoards ever found and the largest from a Roman town.
The work was led by Hazel O’Neill of Cotswold Archaeology.
Anyone wanting to help with a donation is asked to phone the Roman Baths administrator on 01225 477773.