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Coin Hoard (Roman)

Site Name Kirkness

Classification Coin Hoard (Roman)

Alternative Name(s) Portmoak

Canmore ID 51041

Site Number NT19NE 6

NGR NT 18 98

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Portmoak (Perth And Kinross)
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Kinross-shire

Archaeology Notes

NT19NE 6 c.18 98.

Upwards of 600 Roman denarii were found in October 1851 in the parish of Portmoak.

The field where they were found was formerly a deep bog. The coins were all lying close together as if they had been enclosd in a bag. Also found at the same spot were an iron sword and an imperfect silver ornament thought to have been the crest of a helmet.

The hoard included coins of all the emperors from Nero to Severus (54 - 211 AD) and may have belonged to the latter emperor's expedition c AD 208. A detailed account of 103 coins is given.

D Wilson 1855.

The 103 coins described in Wilson (D Wilson 1855) are in the National Museum of Antiquities.

G MacDonald 1918.

About 1933 or 34, 26 denarii belonging to a trust estate were sent to the National Museum of Antiquities for identification. A note preserved with them said that they had been found at Kirkness in 1851, in a moss. As Kirkness is in the parish of Portmoak there can be no doubt that they formed part of the hoard described in Wilson (D WIlson 1855).

G MacDonald 1939.

The exact provenance of this coin-hoard was not ascertained during field-work.

Visited by OS(AC) 13 March 1959.,


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