Ro­man coin ‘be­longed to Em­peror’

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A RO­MAN sil­ver coin has been of­fi­cially de­clared as trea­sure dur­ing a coroner’s in­quest at Har­ro­gate Mag­is­trates Court.

The coin, which dates back to around AD193, was found on Jan­uary 17 in the Skip­ton area by metal de­tec­torist Pa­trick Law.

The in­quest heard the coin “would have likely be­longed to an em­peror at the time”, mea­sur­ing just over 18mm in di­am­e­ter and weigh­ing 1.7 grams.

The coin de­picts a fe­male fig­ure hold­ing scales.

Sin­gle pre­cious coins do not usu­ally con­sti­tute trea­sure un­der the Trea­sure Act 1996 but not­ing that the coin in ques­tion con­tained at least 10 per cent pre­cious metal and was more than 300 years old, Coroner Rob Turn­bull de­cided that the item should be de­clared trea­sure.

Bosses at Craven Mu­seum in Skip­ton have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing the coin.

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