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Roman coin hoard 'will remain in Somerset'

21st March 2011

A hoard of coins unearthed in one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in British history will remain in the county where the find was made, it has been confirmed.

The coins were discovered in Frome, Somerset, in 2009, while Wiltshire man Dave Crisp was searching a field with a metal detector, but it was feared the collection – valued at GBP 3.3 million – would be taken to London to be displayed.

However, the Museum of Somerset has been able to raise the money needed to keep the hoard in the county, largely thanks to donations by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), the Art Fund and the general public.

The coins will be displayed alongside other local treasures once the museum completes a GBP 6.9 million revamp in the summer.

Meanwhile, funding from the Art Fund and NHMF has also helped safeguard the future of a collection of Iron Age torcs found in Stirling, Scotland, in 2009.

The 2,000-year-old treasures, also identified by a metal detector, will go on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh from today. 

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