Haslemere Educational Museum
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Linchmere Hoard

Late 3rd Century Coin Hoard

In December 1924, the Linchmere hoard of Roman and Romano-British coins was discovered in a field, inside an earthenware vessel, within the county of West Sussex. The coins were mostly separate, apart from a few lumps consisting of two or three coins.

The entire hoard was buried in about 290 AD and consisted of 812 bronze coins of which 278 were struck at continental mints; the remaining 534 were issued by Carausius, 488 from the mint at Londinium (London) and 46 from the mint at Camulodunum (Colchester).

The earthenware vessel and coins were sent to the British Museum and kept for the National Collection. The 10 duplicate coins shown here were given to Haslemere Museum in 1925.

Roman coin
Roman coin 275-276

A silver washed bronze Antoninianus of Tacitus
21mm diameter
Struck in Rome 275-276 AD

Obv: IMP C CL TACITVS AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: AEQVITAS AVG Equity standing left

Roman coin
Roman coin 275-276

A silver washed bronze Antoninianus of Tacitus
22mm diameter
Struck in Rome 275-276 AD

Obv: IMP C CL TACITVS AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: MARS VICTOR Mars advancing right holding spear, Letters: B to left, A to right

Roman coin
Roman coin 276-282

A silver washed bronze Antoninianus of Probus
21mm diameter
Struck in Rome 276-282 AD

Obv: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: MARS VICTOR Mars advancing right carrying spear and trophy, Letters: III below

Roman coin
Roman coin 283-285

A bronze Antoninianus of Carinus
20mm diameter
Struck in Rome 283-285 AD

Obv: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA Felicity standing left leaning on column, Letters: QXXI below

Roman coin
Roman coin 286-295

A bronze Antoninianus of Maximianus
21mm diameter
Struck in Rome 286-295 AD

Obv: IMP C VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: VIRTVS AVGG Hercules standing right leaning on club set on rock

Romano-British coin
Romano-British coin 287-293

A bronze Antoninianus of Carausius
23mm diameter
Struck in London 287-293 AD

Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: PAX AVG Pax standing left, Letters: F to left, O to right, ML below

Romano-British coin
Romano-British coin 287-293

A bronze Antoninianus of Carausius
24mm diameter
Struck in London 287-293 AD

Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: PAX AVG Pax standing left, Letters: F to left, O to right, ML below

Romano-British coin
Romano-British coin 287-293

A bronze Antoninianus of Carausius
22mm diameter
Struck in London 287-293 AD

Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: PAX AVG Pax standing left, Letters: F to left, O to right, ML below

Romano-British coin
Romano-British coin 287-293

A bronze Antoninianus of Carausius
26mm diameter
Struck in London 287-293 AD

Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: PAX AVG Pax standing left, Letters: F to left, O to right, ML below

Romano-British coin
Romano-British coin 287-293

A bronze Antoninianus of Carausius
22mm diameter
Struck in London 287-293 AD

Obv: IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG Radiate draped cuirassed bust right
Rev: PAX AVG Pax standing left, Letters: F to left, O to right, ML below