England has become the happy hunting ground for ancient coins and treasure. Add in their sensible management of such troves and we have a steady stream of serious discoveries. These coins look as good as the day they were lost.
Been in a cave has preserved them from direct weathering and call that would develop is the normal oxidation which would have stabilized well enough. Even iron might have stood up. Thus we vhave here excellent examples of their type to study.
Dovedale Roman and Iron Age coins found after 2,000 years
6 July 2014 Last updated at 21:15 ET
The discovery prompted a full-scale excavation of the site.
Experts say it is the first time coins from these two separate civilisations have been found buried together.
Rachael Hall National Trust archaeologistWas an individual simply hiding his 'best stuff' for safe keeping? ”
The cache has been declared as "treasure".
National Trust archaeologist Rachael Hall said: "The coins would suggest a serious amount of wealth and power of the individual who owned them.
"Coins were used more as a symbol of power and status during the Late Iron Age, rather than for buying and selling staple foods and supplies.
"Was an individual simply hiding his 'best stuff' for safe keeping? Or perhaps speculating, in the hope that the value would increase in the future, like a modern-day ISA?"
She said the situation of the cave could not be ignored.