Hoxne Hoard

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The Hoxne Hoard is the largest hoard of late Roman silver and gold discovered in Britain. It was found by Eric Lawes in the village of Hoxne in Suffolk, England, on 16 November 1992. The hoard includes 865 Roman gold, silver and bronze coins from the late fourth and early fifth centuries, and approximately 200 items of silver tableware and gold jewelry. Archaeologists say the treasure may have been hidden by the rich Roman family of Aurelius Ursicinus during the Roman occupation of Britain. 

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Nov 1993

£1.75m reward

At the time, anyone who found and reported a treasure trove was rewarded with the cash equivalent of the market value of the treasure. The Treasure Trove Reviewing Committee values the hoard at £1.75 million which is paid to Lawes, who shares his reward with the farmer.

16 Aug, 1992

Discovers Roman treasure

Lawes discovers the Hoxne hoard near the village of Hoxne in Suffolk, using a metal detector that his colleagues give him when he retired. While helping the farmer look for a lump hammer that had been dropped in a field near the village, he finds silver spoons, gold jewelry and numerous gold and silver coins. After retrieving a few items, he notifies the landowners and the police.

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