AN urgent appeal has gone out to make sure Worcestershire's largest ever archaeological hoard stays in the county.

The find, almost 4,000 Roman coins, was discovered by Redditch resident Jethro Carpenter at Bredon Hill near Evesham last year.

Described as a find of “major significance” the hoard is currently in the British Museum and the county has just four months to raise £40,000 to get it back.

Philippa Tinsley, senior curator, collections and interpretation for Museums Worcestershire, said: "We made a brilliant start to the campaign to keep the hoard in the county last year and we're hoping residents across the county will show their support and make a donation.

“Every little will help to keep this wonderful treasure in the county where it belongs."

It was October last year when Worcestershire hit the headlines after Mr Carpenter, a metal detecting enthusiast, uncovered the county's largest ever archaeological hoard.

What he actually found was 3,784 coins depicting a total of 16 different Roman Emperors.

Research undertaken by Worcestershire Archaeology and Archives Service, along with the British Museum, indicates the hoard was buried nearly a century after it was accumulated - the only known such British example.

If successful in raising the cash Museums Worcestershire will conserve the coins and display them at a number of venues across the county.

Anyone who wants to make a donation, or for more information, can visit