River and Rowing Museum Acquires The Henley Iron Age Hoard

. January 25, 2011 . 0 Comments

The River and Rowing Museum has jointly acquired The Henley Iron Age Hoard together with the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The hoard consists of 32 gold coins dating back to 50 BC! They are on display in the Invesco Perpetual Henley Gallery.

Key Facts:
It was discovered near Henley in 2003

The coins date from approx 50 BC

The hoard consists of 32 gold coins found in a flint nodule

It’s the only hoard of British–made Iron Age coins from Oxfordshire to survive intact

It’s an example of some of the earliest coins to be produced in Britain
The coins were probably minted in Silchester, Hampshire

They are attributed to the tribe of the Atrebates

One side is blank, the other has an image of a three-tailed horse

The horse design derives from Macedonian coins bearing images of chariot races. Philip of Macedon was victorious at the Olympic Games in the 4th Century BC

The River and Rowing Museum Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF, UK. Tel: 01491 41560

www.rrm.co.uk

Category: Antiquities

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