It’s not altogether uncommon for small amounts of medieval treasure to be found in the United Kingdom in general and the city of Lincoln (located in the county of Lincolnshire) in particular. For a jealous outside observer—the author is guilty as charged—it can seem like fields in Lincoln are littered with the stuff, beckoning from just a few centimeters beneath the dirt.
There are not merely an astonishing number of artifacts and coins from England and Scotland’s more recent numismatic past that pop up in Lincolnshire: coins from as far back as the Roman conquest of the British Isles have now been discovered near a Roman burial ground in Riseholme.
The hoard of 282 ancient coins, all gold and silver, were found in a broken piece of pottery by a pair of metal detectorists named Sean Scargill and Hugh Jenkins. In this case, the uncovered coins are actually pre-Roman, dating to no later in antiquity than 43 C.E., when the Roman Empire invaded what is now Great Britain.
The coins bear abstract markings and lettering that relates to local pre-Roman rulers. According to reports of the coin hoard in the local news, the inscriptions on the coins purportedly identify some of the earliest surnames recorded in the Lincolnshire area’s history. Incredibly, this hoard sat dormant and entirely untouched for roughly 2,000 years.
The University of Lincoln will continue to monitor and explore the site where the hoard was found. However, the coins have not received an official valuation, either individually or collectively. They are slated for appraisal in late October. Of course, the hoard is a priceless historical artifact by any measure.
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