Wold Newton Hoard

The Wold Newton Hoard is a coin hoard dating from the early 4th century AD. It contains 1,857 coins held within a pottery container. It was acquired by the Yorkshire Museum in 2016.[1]

Wold Newton hoard
Wold Newton hoard as it was found
MaterialRoman coins
Roman pottery
Size1,857 coins
Wold Newton, East Riding of Yorkshire England
Present locationYorkshire Museum, York


The hoard was found by metal detectorist David Blakely on 21 September 2014 in a field near Wold Newton in the East Riding of Yorkshire.[2][3]


The hoard contains 1,857 copper alloy coins all of which are nummi, except for a single radiate. The nummi all date from the period AD 294-307 and the radiate from AD 268-270. The coins were found within a grey-ware jar dating from the 4th Century. The coins and their container were found alongside a fragmentary dish and other fragments of pottery, one of which may have been used a lid for the ceramic jar.[3]


The Wold Newton Hoard is the largest Roman hoard of its type ever discovered in the north of England.[2]

Acquisition and display

After being declared treasure, the hoard was valued at just over £44,200. The Yorkshire Museum ran a fundraising campaign (launched on 25 July 2016[4]) to raise the money, which included donations from hundreds of people from around the world, £10,000 from the Arts Council/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and a donation of £9,981 from the American Friends of the Arts Fund.[2] The hoard went on public display on 1 June 2017 in the Yorkshire Museum as part of the York Roman Festival.[5]


  1. "WOLD NEWTON HOARD". York Museums Trust. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  2. Moss, R. (9 September 2016). "Wold Newton hoard of Roman coins secured by Yorkshire Museum". Culture24. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. "COIN HOARD, ID:DUR-16C89F". Portable Antiquities Scheme. 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. Bean, D. (25 July 2016). "£44,000 appeal to keep Roman coin hoard in York". York Press. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  5. Willers, D. (27 May 2017). "Roman coins to be unveiled at festival". York Press. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
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