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Largest Devon coin hoard goes on display

Devon's largest coin hoard goes on display in Exeter museum. Photo: ITV News

More than twenty thousand Roman coins have gone on display at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

The Seaton Down Hoard is a collection of 22,888 Roman coins and is the largest coin hoard found in Devon, the the third largest ever found in Britain.

Over the last two years, the pieces have been cleaned to reveal an Emperor's head and other images too.

The coins have been cleaned revealing their original markings. Credit: ITV News

Metal-detectorist, Laurence Egerton found them in a field near Seaton when he was working just a few fields away from the site of a Roman villa.

The coins were discovered just a few fields away from a Roman villa. Credit: ITV News

The artefacts will be on display from July to September, when the museum's Roman Roadshow begins. Curators at RAMM say the coins are now one of the most important parts of the museum’s archaeology collection.

After four years of extensive research though, why the single stash was buried still remains a mystery.

That many coins, why would anyone want to bury them? They weigh 68 kilos, I can't lift them all. Were they hiding them from somebody? Were they stolen? Could they even be kind of hidden from the tax man?

– Tom Cadbury, Assistant curator
The coins are on display at the RAMM in Exeter. Credit: ITV News