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Gold Staters

11 gold coins concealed in a fossil flint.


Evidence of life in Kent at the dawn of the Roman invasion. Staters can be described as coins but are not currency – they do not have a uniform recognised monetary value. They were a way of storing treasure and of rewarding people.

Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Guildhall Museum,
17 High St,
ME1 1PY,
United Kingdom


Coin; gold stater; Obv: remnant of Apollo? head; Rev: Celticized horse; probably originated in Gaul (France); shows some surface wear. Part of the Higham hoard of 11 gold staters found packed into a hollow fossil sponge, plugged with clay. Recovered by Mr J Hill during excavations in 26/12/1912. Reported by G C Brooke in the in Numismatic Chronicle 1923, p.156. See images field for old labels & photographs of this coin group.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History
  • KS2: Local History, Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age
  • KS3: Local History, Britain Before 1066


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