“Unveiling the Enigma: Le Câtillon II’s Treasure, the Largest Cache of Celtic Coins Ever Discovered – 70,000 Gold and Silver Coins Alongside 11 First Century AD Gold Collars”

The single biggest hoard of Celtic coins ever found is now thought to be two separate stashes that were buried together.

The Le Câtillon II hoard includes 70,000 gold and silver coins and 11 gold torques, or necklaces, and dates to the First Century AD.

Researchers believe that two distinct tribes created the currency, due to variations in the quality of their production as well as the metals used.

The collection, thought to be worth £10million ($13million), was brought to the island and buried – most likely to hide it from Roman invaders, experts say.

Scroll down for video

image

The single biggest hoard of Celtic coins ever found is now thought to be two separate stashes that were buried together. The Le Câtillon II hoard (pictured) includes 70,000 gold and silver coins

image

Researchers believe that two distinct tribes created the currency, due to variations in the quality of their production as well as the metals used. This image shows a closeup of one of the gold coins uncovered

Metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles, who spent 30 years looking for the hoard, finally uncovered it in 2012.

Their haul came out of the ground in one large piece and has been disassembled and restored over the past three years.

Each items location has been recorded using laser-mapping and the preliminary data is revealing some unexpected results, researchers say.

Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Miles said: ‘What really surprised us was that everyone had thought this was just one large mass of continental coinage, what we were really surprised to find that it was in fact two distinctly different bodies of material.

‘We think that our coin hoard was brought to the Island at about the time of the Roman invasion, possibly for safekeeping away from the Roman armies.

‘One [collection] had all the early issued coins from circa 80 BC with all the gold jewellery. All of these coins can be identified with the tribes in Brittany.’

image

The hoard was initially believed to belong entirely to the Coriosolitae, a Celtic tribe that lived in Brittany. This image shows the second variant of coin uncovered

image

Researchers now think the second hoard could have been produced by tribes in western and lower Normandy. This image shows a closeup of that second variant

image

In the second hoard, the absence of precious metal suggest that gold became less available, possibly as a result of Roman occupation. This image shows another closeup

The hoard was initially believed to belong entirely to the Coriosolitae, a Celtic tribe that lived in Brittany.

Researchers now think the second hoard could have been produced by tribes in western and lower Normandy.

The first, earlier hoard contain gold coins and jewellery as well as precious metal ingots which may have been brought to Jersey from Dinan in Brittany.

In the second hoard, the absence of precious metal suggest that gold became less available, possibly as a result of Roman occupation.

The two stashes could have been hidden together as Roman legions advanced through what is now France in the first century BC.

image

Metal detectorists also uncovered 11 gold torques (pictured), or necklaces, among the haul, which dates to the First Century AD

image

The collection, thought to be worth £10million ($13million), was brought to the island and buried – most likely to hide it from Roman invaders, experts say. This image shows the necklaces after restoration

Mr Miles added: ‘The other part of the hoard contains a large mass of silver coins which are of lower quality and manufactured at a later date.

‘We think that our coin hoard was brought to the Island at about the time of the Roman invasion, possibly for safekeeping away from the Roman armies.

‘There were no Roman coins found in our hoard which could possibly mean our coins were gathered and removed from Gaul before Roman coinage had been introduced.

‘The coins may have been stored in Jersey for some time after the Roman onslaught and for whatever reason buried in Jersey together in one pit.

The preponderance of gold objects in this part suggests that they were in circulation before Caesar’s conquest of Gaul which began in 58 BC.

Due to the following years of tribal suppression it is likely that the wealth of the region that was not seized by the Romans would have been removed from the territory and hidden for safe-keeping.

image

Determined Reg Mead and Richard Miles spent decades searching a field in Jersey after hearing rumours that a farmer had discovered silver coins while working on his land. This image from 2012 shows them finding part of the hoard

image

Metal detector Reg Mead (centre, back, blue polo shirt) watches as archaeologists unearth the Celtic coin hoard back in 2012

image

The two stashes could have been hidden together as Roman legions advanced through what is now France in the first century BC. Researcher Neil Mahrer from Jersey Heritage examines part of the hoard

image

The preponderance of gold objects in this part suggests that they were in circulation before Caesar’s conquest of Gaul which began in 58 BC. A closeup of examinations of the hoard

Related Posts

Mike McCarthy Is Reportedly ‘Fed Up’ With Jerry Jones

(Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) The Dallas Cowboys headed into the 2023 NFL season with high hopes of being a legitimate Super Bowl title contender in the NFC, as the team was stacked on both sides of the football while being led by stars Dak …

Read more

Stephen A. Smith Demands ‘Drug Test’ for Jerry Jones After Alleged Lies About Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy has managed to earn another year as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and analysts as well as fans are in shock. After losing in blowout fashion…

Read more

Mike McCarthy Issues Strong Warning to Sam Williams Following Cowboys DE’s Marijuana Arrest: ‘He Needs to Learn from This’

Dallas Cowboys EDGE defender Sam Williams was arrested on Sunday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to a report from Frisco police. It was Williams’ second run-in with the police after his selection …

Read more

Wife of NFL Legend Michael Irvin Faces Battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

The 58-year-old wife of Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin is reportedly suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. The NFL Hall of Famer made the announcement Monday during the soft opening of his new sports bar in The Colony, Texas, according to the Fort …

Read more

Former NFL MVP and Hollywood Star Roman Gabriel, Co-star with John Wayne, Passes Away at 83; Rams Honor Their Legendary Pioneer

Gabriel won NFL MVP in 1969 with 24 passing touchdowns and five rushing TDs While playing football, Gabriel starred in a Hollywood movie with John Wayne DailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news  By Associated Press and Eric Blum …

Read more

Jason Kelce Confesses to Going Commando Except for Workouts in Hilarious Chat with Brother Travis on New Heights: ‘My Boys Need Their Freedom’

Jason Kelce has spoken about his dislike for underwear before on New Heights But he reaffirmed his viewpoint on this week’s New Heights with brother Travis DailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news By Jack Bezants Published: 12:37 …

Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *