A HOARD of Roman coins discovered on Bredon Hill will stay in the county after cash was secured to buy it.

Museums Worcestershire has raised £9,000 after a public appeal. The money has been raised through private donations, a donation by the Worcestershire Archaeological Society of £1,000 and a grant from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Councillor John Campion, museums committee chairman, said: “We are extremely proud the public have worked with us to secure the hoard for the county.

“Residents have been fantastic at coming forward with their donations and we are very grateful to the V&A grant fund as well.”

The 4,000 coins, which span the reign of 16 Roman emperors, were discovered by metal detectorist Jethro Carpenter last June. They are considered of national significance and are the largest hoard ever found in the county.

The coins were displayed last year at the Worcester City Art Gallery and attracted more than 3,000 visitors.

The fund-raising drive does not end here, however, as a further £30,000 is needed to clean and conserve the coins.

The hoard will be on display in Hartlebury in its current state while fund-raising continues.

To make a donation, visit charitychoice.co.uk/worcest ershire-hoard/ or visit muse umsworcestershire.org.uk.