South Petherton Hoard, Aurelian (Extra Fine, #2) - 270 AD
South Petherton Hoard, Aurelian (Extra Fine, #2) - 270 AD
South Petherton Hoard, Aurelian (Extra Fine, #2) - 270 AD
South Petherton Hoard, Aurelian (Extra Fine, #2) - 270 AD
South Petherton Hoard, Aurelian (Extra Fine, #2) - 270 AD

South Petherton Hoard, Aurelian (Extra Fine, #2)

270 AD

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Background Info:

This coin can be traced back to a documented Roman coin hoard—read below to learn exactly where, when, and how it was found!

This double denarius of the South Petherton Hoard depicts the emperor Aurelian (270 - 275 AD). It has been graded Extra Fine, meaning that almost all of the details on both sides are in pristine condition.

The South Petherton Hoard was a collection of 7,563 Roman coins discovered on a farm in the village of South Petherton, Somerset, England by metal detectorist George Hughes. The coins are thought to have been hastily buried in a leather or cloth container around the year 274 AD, though their owner never returned to claim them. After being fully recorded by British archaeological authorities, most of the find was returned to Mr. Hughes and the landowner to be shared with collectors around the world.

The coins in the hoard date back the late 200's AD, a tumultuous period known as the Crisis of the Third Century during which the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the pressures of multiple wars, political strife, plague, and economic downturns. 

This coin has been authenticated by NGC, and its authenticity can be verified in their database (click here). A complete documentation of the hoard can be found in the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, and is available here.

Coins of the South Petherton Hoard shortly after being discovered (courtesy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme)