The Grinton Hoard

A hoard of 62 Roman coins, now known as The Grinton Hoard, was unearthed in 1988 by a metal-detectorist in a field next to Scarr House, to the west of Grinton village on Swale Hall Lane (SE041983). They were declared treasure trove and placed in the custody of the Yorkshire Museum at York. The best of them are now on permanent display in the Time Tunnel at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

The coins were found loose, and scattered in a fan shape not far below the surface. It’s thought that at some time in the past they had been grubbed up and pushed around by pigs kept on the farm. Possibly the coins had originally been buried in a leather or cloth bag that had decomposed.

The find was analysed by P J Casey and P Wenham and described by them in a brief article ‘A second-century denarius hoard from Grinton, North Yorkshire’, which was published in the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal (vol. 62, 1990, pp. 9-11).

Nine of the coins were unrecognisable fragments, but Casey and Wenham were able to describe the remaining 53 as having issue dates spanning the years 74 to 169 AD. They noted that hoarding coins seems to have been a common characteristic of Roman Britain, and that it wasn’t possible to link this particular find with any known event such as an attack or rebellion at the likely time of their burial.


About Will Swales

Amateur historian with a special interest in Swaledale, Yorkshire.
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