3 Rare Coin Hoards and Their Mysterious Origins

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Coin hoards are interesting windows into the past because they often show mysterious origins and events. Here are three cases that stand out:  

A couple found almost 1,400 gold coins in eight cans on their Sierra Nevada mountain property in 2013. The coins, from the mid-19th to early 20th century, were nearly flawless.  

The Saddle Ridge Hoard (2013)

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Many theories exist about the hoard's origins, from a buried treasure trove to a missing stagecoach load. After authentication and appraisal, the coins were worth over $10 million, making it one of the greatest and most valuable US coin hoards.  

Seaton Down Hoard, found by a metal detectorist in Devon, England, contained almost 22,000 late 3rd-century Roman coins. Coins buried in a huge pot undoubtedly signified a lot of money at the time.  

The Seaton Down Hoard (2014) 

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The treasure may have been deposited amid Roman Britain's political or economic upheaval. The hoard illuminated late Roman British money and commerce.  

The Beau Street Hoard had about 17,000 3rd-century Roman silver coins found during Bath, England, construction. Coins buried in a huge ceramic pot certainly symbolised great savings or fortune.   

The Beau Street Hoard (2008) 

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Archaeologists learned about Roman Britain and Roman economic activity from the loot. The hoard may have been buried during a time of instability or conflict.  

Coin hoards reveal historical economies, trading routes, and cultural exchanges. Their origins are unknown, but their discovery enhances our understanding of history and humanity.  


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