The Hoxne Hoard
Discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in the village
of Hoxne in Suffolk on 16 November 1992, the Hoxne Hoard was
a cache of approximately 15,000 (exact figure varies
depending on source) late 4th and early 5th century Roman
gold and silver coins and around 200 items of silver
tableware and jewellery believed to have been hidden during
the political turmoil of the early 5th century AD.
It is the largest hoard of late 4th and early 5th century
roman silver and gold ever discovered in the United Kingdom
The entire hoard was declared treasure trove and purchased
by the British Museum, several items from the hoard, like
the famous silver tigress, are on permanent display there.
Eric Lawes and the landowner received �1.75 million for the
find, which they divided equally.
The hoard was number 3 in the list of British
archaeological finds selected by experts at the British
Museum for the 2003 BBC Television documentary Our Top Ten
Treasures which included archive footage of Lawes.
The Late Roman Gold and Silver Coins from the Hoxne
Treasure by Peter Guest. ISBN: 0714118109
The Hoxne Treasure: An Illustrated Handbook by Roger Bland
Catherine Johns. ISBN: 0714123013