Examples from the Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard – Debasement

Richard Henry, Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaion Officer for Worcestershire and Warwickshire, puts the coins represented in the Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard into context in this series of posts.

A common theme throughout is debasement; coins, which were meant to be around 90% silver, contained barely 1%. It is interesting to see that under the reformed coinage the fact that each coin had a higher silver content was advertised. The marks PXXI at the bottom of the coin denote the mint and the silver content. It is a stark improvement, although it is still only 20 parts copper to 1 part silver (5%).

Richard works closely with Museums Worcestershire in his role for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a goverment-funded scheme co-ordinated by the British Museum.


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