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Coordinates: 51°35′20″N 2°47′13″W / 51.589°N 2.787°W / 51.589; -2.787

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Rogiet Hoard
Size 3,778 coins
Period/culture Romano-British
Discovered Rogiet, Monmouthshire by Colin Roberts on 10 September 1998
Present location National Museum Wales
Identification 1998–99 Figs 306.1–6

The Rogiet Hoard is a hoard of 3,778 Roman coins found at Rogiet, Monmouthshire, Wales in September 1998. The coins dated from 253 up until 295–296. The hoard notably contained several faulty issues, and some rare denominations, including those depicting the usurper emperors Carausius and Allectus.

Discovery and valuation

The hoard was discovered by metal detectorist Colin Roberts on 10 September, 1998 and, after a coroner's inquest in December, 1998 was declared a treasure.

It was valued at £40,000 and is now owned by the National Museum and Galleries of Wales.

Items discovered

The hoard contained 3,778 silver radiates, including seven denarii, of which just over a third came from the reign of Probus (276–282). The latest coin was struck around 295–296.

766 of the coins were struck during the reigns of the usurper emperors, Carausius, and his eventual murderer and successor, Allectus. Coins from these reigns are infrequently found in hoards, and several of them depicted Roman warships. Carausius also struck coins bearing the images of Diocletian and Maximian in order to ingratiate himself with them, and one example had all three men on it with the words "Carausius et fratres sui" (Carausius and his brothers). This example was described as "one of the finest specimens of this issue yet recorded".

The hoard containing "significant numbers" of Allectus quinarii or Q-radiates, coupled with the total number of "improved issue" coins from the Aurelian to Diocletian reigns—after Aurelian's monetary reformation—made it an "unprecedented" single deposit from these categories.

Another rare coin, a Divus Nigrinian, was remarked to be only the second recorded British example found.

Reign Date № of coins
Valerian 253–260 23
Gallienus 253–268 58
Postumus 259–268 41
Victorinus 268–270 60
Tetricus I/II 270–273 2
Claudius II 268–270 28
Quintillus 270 8
Aurelian 270–275 355
Tacitus 275–276 641
Florian 276 40
Probus 276–282 1,327
Carus 282–283 113
Carausius 287–293 16
Allectus 293–296 751
Diocletian 284–305 170
Maximian 286–305 98
Uncertain 47
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