What I learnt:de Jersey comes
from, and is the State Archaeologist of Guernsey
The two detectorists have been going over this general area
for a couple of decades but access is difficult as just two days elapse between a crop being harvested and a new one being prepared, detectorists can only search, presumably with agreement, in that short time window and there's thus a limit to how much ground can be covered, hence this hoard
was a long time waiting to be found.
contents are still unknown. The massive lump remains intact
except for a few hundred coins which have fallen off the edge
there's at least one large stone
in the hoard
seems to be full of quarter staters. These were formerly rare
coins. No longer.
disassembly will take place this summer in a perspex display box in a museum in Jersey, as part
of a new temporary exhibition on the Romans
in Jersey running from May
most of the coins appear to be very debased silver
there's disagreement on the deposition date and contest, ranging from 56 BC as preparation for the Gallic wars, to 40 BC as Roman trophy
. Of course if a single later Augustan coin is found at the centre, all bets are off
there's a Roman hoard
buried one metre away in a hole that does not intersect. The Romans had
no idea they were burying their hoard
right next door
another large hoard
was found just 15 metres away in 1957, under a large rock which the farmer wanted to move. The hoard
was declared by the farmer... But a lot of it seems to have been privately sold by family in australia
there's no modern treasure trove law in jersey therefore no legal obligation to compensate anyone. However it has been informally decided (but not clear by whom?) to compensate (who will pay?) finder and landowner as if this was part
of the UK, which Jersey is not
Given uncertainties due to stones, quarter staters etc there's really no clear idea how many coins there are. In the 50,000 to 80,000 range.
cleaning may involve holding coins in a lathe and scrubbing with a wire brush
since this is evidently a very interesting field
, it would be great to do some more investigations. But ... potatoes are more valuable than ancient coins
. Despite being in line for half of the eventual reward fee when the hoard
is bought by the Jersey museum (as is intended), the farmer would have preferred to avoid the disruption caused by the excavations, and is yet to be persuaded of the benefit of granting access between plantings for a geophysical survey and some trial pits that might lead to more discoveries. That doesn't mean he isn't interested in the discoveries, but perhaps he considers future discoveries as safe in the ground, they can wait for a later year.