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Ancient British Coin from Folkestone.
by Edna Mynott.

PHOTO: Silver coin of Amminus from Folkestone.

Silver coin of Amminus from Folkestone: OBVERSE and REVERSE.
By courtesy of Folkestone Library and Museum.

In the autumn of 1965 Nicholas Knight, then a 10-year-old schoolboy, found a coin on Castle Hill, Folkestone during a school expedition. It came from the surface near the top of the hill.

The coin (see Plate) of the early 1st century AD is in excellent condition and was kindly identified by Mr R A Carson of the British Museum, Mr Carson reports that the coin is a silver minim of Amminus of the Cantii and the weight is 1.05 grammes. Its type is identical with Mack, Coinage of the Ancient Britons, Number 313.

This rare coin may either be a stray find or it could relate to the earthworks (Iron Age with later Medieval occupation), which can still be seen on the hilltop. Only large scale properly conducted excavation would increase our knowledge of the area. The site is not threatened with development.

The writer extends her thanks to Nicholas Knight and his parents for allowing the coin to be inspected, to Mr Carson for his identification and to Folkestone Library and Museum for allowing the photograph, which they hold, to be published. The coin remains in the possession of the finder.

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