THE Corinium Museum in Cirencester is giving people the chance to adopt a Roman coin after around 1,500 of them were discovered in Tetbury.

The museum received the generous donation of coins from the owner of the land where the coins were discovered in 2010.

The coins, and the pot they were found in, were initially sent to the British Museum but have now been returned.

“It was very exciting when we heard we were getting the coins,” said Corinium Museum curator Amanda Hart. “This is our first coin hoard.”

The museum is now looking to raise funds so the coins, dating from the mid- to late-third century, can be conserved.

Staff are currently in the process of launching a scheme through which people can adopt one of the coins.

Amanda explained: “It’s going to cost around £30,000 to get the coins properly treated as they’ve been in the ground for so long.”

Currently, a small selection of the coins, called radiates, are on display at the museum for members of the public to see.