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A Visit to St. Joseph’s School

June 2019

We had a fun visit to St Joseph’s CE Primary School where the volunteers spent the morning with the students.  It was a great opportunity to talk about Romans in the area, and to hear the children’s view of Romans – a very horrible history indeed!   Everyone had a chance to handle the coins and try to read them.


May post

May 2019

This is the reverse of an Emperor Constantine coin.  The mint initials ‘PTR’ indicate it was made in Trier, Germany.  The inscription reads ‘Marti Conservatori’ – To Mars, the Defender.   It represents the god Mars, who is standing holding a spear and represents the emperor as a god protecting his people.



April 2019

The conservation and cleaning of the coins continues at Wiltshire Conservation Services. The meticulous process means every coin needs to be treated individually to remove the centuries of corrosion on the coins.  On the left you can see the coin before conservation, and on the right the coin after conservation.


School visits

March 2019

We’ve received terrific feedback from our visit to Minety last month and the team enjoyed it so much we’d love to visit other local schools interested in learning about the coins and Romans.


A Visit to Minety CE Primary School

February 2019

We had a fantastic visit to Minety CE Primary School were several volunteers spent the day with the students.  We had a lot of fun with each class discussing all aspects of Romans and coins – from the geography of the Roman Empire, to the value of coins, and we even had a go at learning Roman numerals.  We really appreciate all the help and support from the teachers, especially headteacher Mrs Greaves, that helped make it so special.


Recording and identification

January 2019

The work doesn’t stop with the cleaning of the coins.  The volunteers regularly immerse themselves in the fun of recording, photographing, and identifying the coins.


Conserved coins

December 2018

Wiltshire Conservation Services have been hard at work cleaning and conserving the coins – a very intricate and time consuming process.  But one that is yielding terrific results, both for the appearance of the coins and for their preservation and protection from corrosive elements.  Here is one coin with photos side by side of the obverse (front) of the coin and reverse of the coin both before and after conservation.


A trip to Salisbury Museum

November 2018

Volunteers took a road trip to Salisbury Museum to see the British Museum travelling display Hoards: A History of Ancient Britain.  This amazing exhibition covers all kinds of hoards – from coin hoards to axe hoards, from Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman hoards to even more recent hoards.   It gave the team an inspirational view of hoard displays and a wealth of information about hoarding in Britain.


A Roman Coin Hoard

October 2018

The informational exhibit and panel about the coin hoard in the museum has been refreshed.   Stop by to have a look at the small hoard of 30 Roman coins found in the same area some years previously and now moved to a more visible location.  These coins weren’t fortunate enough to be in a pot and you can see damage caused by time and the plough.