The Frome Hoard: the largest collection of Roman coins found in a single container.
Dave Crisp, a Wiltshire metal-detector enthusiast found the hoard of 52,503 coins dating from the 3rd century AD, while metal-detecting near Frome. Mr Crisp reported the find to his local Finds Liaison Officer, and the container was consequently excavated by archaeologists. The second photo shows a plan of the pot in situ, and here’s what this pot of coins looked like during excavation.
The hoard is now housed at the Museum of Somerset, in Taunton.
"The reason it was buried remains something of a mystery.
Usually you tend to think of coin hoards being buried for safety in the times before there were banks, and those that are found today are the ones that were not recovered, presumably because the person that owned them had some sort of misfortune and didn’t pick them up.
In this case, though, the volume of coins in this very rounded pot - they weigh 160kg (353lb) - has led to the suggestion that they may well represent a votive offering of some sort. Precisely what, we don’t know.”
-Stephen Minnitt, Somerset County Council’s head of museums.