Celtic Treasure

Our opening exhibition for May 2021 showcases the beautiful Celtic treasure, the Kimbolton Hoard of Iron Age coins, found at Kimbolton in 2010. Hidden in the ground for 2,000 years, our exhibition will uncover the story of their burial and their significance to the Celtic people that buried them.

Also on display are items found during the archaeological excavations at Loves Farm, St Neots, including offerings made at a probable Romano-British shrine on the site, as well as items from a Romano-British site in Eynesbury.

The exhibition includes information about the Iron Age including; everyday life, local tribes, religion and the Roman invasion in 43AD.

A booklet linked to the exhibition will also be available to purchase. You can also watch our dedicated video on the coins HERE.

About the coins

The Kimbolton Coin Hoard contains 68 gold coins, dated to about 100BCE-40CE. The coins were found close to the village of Kimbolton by a metal detectorist in late 2010, and subsequently identified as Iron Age ‘stater’ coins by the British Museum. They were declared Celtic treasure under the Treasure Act of 1996.

67 of the coins are uninscribed Iron Age gold coins, of a type known as ‘South Ferriby’ staters. The coins were mostly minted in the Lincolnshire area by the Corieltauvi tribe, and seem to have been in quite wide circulation, with examples commonly found in East Anglia and around the Fen Edge.

The 68th coin in the hoard is a gold quarter stater of Cunobelin, who was the powerful king of the Catuvellauni tribe. You can read more about the collection here and the quarter stater here.