Roman coin hoard on its way back to Lymington
Thanks to everyone who supported The Boldre Hoard Campaign
Work has begun to conserve and interpret 1,608 Roman coins from the 3rd Century that were discovered buried in an original pottery vessel in a field near Warborne Farm in the New Forest in 2014.
Amazing generosity from individuals, organisations and businesses has enabled St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery to raise £30,000 to return the Boldre Hoard to Lymington.
The unique hoard can be seen for the first time when the newly refurbished museum re-opens this summer.
Historian and TV presenter Dan Snow, who launched the campaign for us in October, said: “I am so excited that the Boldre Hoard will be staying here in the New Forest where it belongs.
“The museum will be able to do it justice thanks to the amazing amount of money raised in this campaign. Thanks to everyone who got involved!”
The oldest coin in the collection was struck as early as AD 249 under the emperor Trebonianus Gallus while the latest coin has the face of Tacitus who only reigned for six months before being murdered in AD 276. The rarest examples are three coins bearing the image of Marius who ruled for just 12 weeks in AD 269.
Mark Tomlinson, the Director of St Barbe, thanked everyone who has supported the campaign. “It has been wonderful to see the local community pull together to support our effort to bring back the Boldre Hoard.”