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The Silsden Hoard is an assemblage containing 27 gold coins of late British Iron Age date and a Roman iron finger ring.


The hoard was discovered in 1998 by Jeff Walbank using a metal detector in a field at Silsden in West Yorkshire, England. The hoard was declared to be treasure before being acquired by Bradford Art Galleries and Museums in 2000. The hoard is now on display at Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley, near where it was found.

Contents of the Hoard

The Silsden Hoard was found to contain 27 gold staters dating from the 1st century AD. Most of the coins were issued by Cunobelinus, at various times throughout his reign. Others were issued by his brother Epaticcus. Coins of the Corieltauvi were also part of the hoard.

In addition to the coins, an iron finger ring, almost certainly of Roman provenance, was also found. The ring contains a gemstone bearing the figure of a man. The exact means of how this came to be a part of the hoard are still subject to debate.

Historical background

The hoard is one of three found in the former territories of the Brigantes, all of which contain Corieltauvian coins. It is thought that the hoards were deposited by British refugees fleeing the Roman invasion of AD 43, under the Emperor Claudius and, as such, may be associated with accounts of the flight of Caratacus, the son of Cunobelinus, whose policies were used by the Romans as a pretext for the invasion.

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