Roman coin ‘belonged to Emperor’
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.