Damon and Denise Pye Found the Gold Roman Coins Using Metal Detectors
Damon and Denise Pye were metal detector enthusiasts who found the first gold coins in 2017 after some local farmers finished plowing the soil. Numismatists dubbed the haul The Broads Hoard for its geographic location near a network of rivers and lakes called The Broads. The first year, the Pyes discovered four coins, and then more the following year. Eventually, they were convinced that they had found the last coin, but experts believe otherwise.
According to numismatists, the exceptional bounty of gold coins dates to sometime between the first century B.C. and the first century A.D. An interesting fact is that all the coins were minted before the Romans conquered and occupied Britain. This has gotten experts wondering how the coins ended up in the ground before the arrival of the Romans. It could be that a local tribe got the coins in some way and buried them for later use.
The Gold Roman Coins Dated to Before the Roman Conquest of Britain
The land where the coins were discovered was once occupied by the British Celtic tribe called the Iceni. The Iceni are known for their legendary Queen Boudica, who led a revolt against the Romans during their invasion. Their attempt to drive the Roman legions off their land in 60 A.D. was ultimately unsuccessful.
According to numismatists, there were two types of gold coins in the stash. In addition to the gold coins, metal detector enthusiasts have also found a treasure trove of Roman items in the region, including two Roman silver coins,100 copper alloy coins, brooches, and more. The British Museum has recently acquired the coins and added them to its permanent collection.