The Seaton Down Hoard


Buried beneath only a foot of southwest soil was the stuff of metal detecting dreams. A semi-retired builder from east Devon described how the discovery spilled over his shovel – one of the largest Roman coin collections ever found.


The Seaton Down Hoard consists of 22,000 coins from over 1,700 years ago, potentially originating from a commercial transaction or soldier’s wages. Whilst the size of the hoard is impressive, it would have been worth surprisingly little due to the low value copper it was made from. However, for research into mid-fourth-century coin usage, this copper uncovering is priceless.

Photo ©AC Archaeology
Words by Flora Hackett