Rogiet Hoard

The Rogiet Hoard is a hoard of 3,778 Roman coins found at Rogiet, Monmouthshire, Wales in September 1998.[1] The coins dated from 253 up until 295–296.[2] The hoard notably contained several faulty issues, and some rare denominations, including those depicting the usurper emperors Carausius and Allectus.[1]

Rogiet Hoard
Size3,778 coins
DiscoveredRogiet, Monmouthshire by Colin Roberts on 10 September 1998
Present locationNational Museum Wales
Identification1998–99 Figs 306.1–6

Discovery and valuation

The hoard was discovered by metal detectorist Colin Roberts on 10 September, 1998 and, after a coroner's inquest in December, 1998 was declared a treasure.

It was valued at £40,000 and is now owned by the National Museum and Galleries of Wales.[3]

Items discovered

The hoard contained 3,778 silver radiates, including seven denarii, of which just over a third came from the reign of Probus (276–282). The latest coin was struck around 295–296.

766 of the coins were struck during the reigns of the usurper emperors, Carausius, and his eventual murderer and successor, Allectus.[2] Coins from these reigns are infrequently found in hoards, and several of them depicted Roman warships. Carausius also struck coins bearing the images of Diocletian and Maximian in order to ingratiate himself with them, and one example had all three men on it with the words "Carausius et fratres sui" (Carausius and his brothers).[1] This example was described as "one of the finest specimens of this issue yet recorded".[3]

The hoard containing "significant numbers" of Allectus quinarii or Q-radiates, coupled with the total number of "improved issue" coins from the Aurelian to Diocletian reigns—after Aurelian's monetary reformation—made it an "unprecedented" single deposit from these categories.[3]

Another rare coin, a Divus Nigrinian, was remarked to be only the second recorded British example found.[3]

ReignDate№ of coins
Tetricus I/II270–2732
Claudius II268–27028

See also


  1. "Metal detector discoveries from Monmouthshire: Two spectacular treasure finds". National Museum Wales. Archived from the original on 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  2. "Table 2". Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  3. "Treasure Annual Report 1998–1999" (PDF). Department for Culture, Media and Sport. December 2000. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
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