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Hoard of Dalheim-Petzel

  • Highlights - Coins and Medals

gallo-roman period
3rd century A.D.

Central Building | Level -4 | Gallo-roman 

In 1842, a farmer discovered a hoard of Roman coins in a Dalheim field. In total, about 24,000 bronze coins, mainly bronze folles and larger denominations, were arranged inside three urns. The hoard was dispersed among several individuals and many pieces and doubles were exchanged. The Governor Theodore Ignace de la Fontaine (1787-1871), a passionate numismatist, succeeded in significantly increasing his collection thanks in large part to the Dalheim discovery.

Today, only 154 coins and one original piece of pottery, preserving the imprint of the pieces on its inner sides, are attributable to this hoard and exhibited at the MNHA, some of which were identified as belonging to the hoard due to their easily recognizable patina.