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A Roman cavalry parade helmet, early 3rd century AD and probably made in the Danube valley.

This elaborately decorated helmet was made from a single sheet of metal. It has an eagle’s head on the crest, winged sea-dragons, and a feathered border that ends in a bird’s head.

It is too fragile to ever have been worn into battle. It would have been used as part of a ceremony or parade.

It is in the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Image from the Leeds Museum and Galleries flickr: Helmet

Coin moulds for forging ‘silver’ denarii.

They were found in Lingwell Gate in West Yorkshire, between Leeds and Wakefield. Dated to 180-225 AD they would have been used to create forgeries of official Roman coinage. This was a popular thing to do before the debasement of the silver coins in later years.

Image from the Leeds Museum and Galleries flickr: Moulds

Leeds' Anglo Saxon gold hoard to go on display

A “significant” hoard of Anglo Saxon gold unearthed by a metal detector in a Leeds field is to go on show.

Seven objects including four rings, which date between the seventh to 11th Centuries, were discovered in separate searches in 2008 and 2009.

The exact location of where the gold was discovered was never disclosed.
Leeds Museums and Galleries said it was “excited” to reveal details of the location in a new exhibition at the City Museum, which opens on Tuesday.

One of the artefacts is a gold ring with a lozenge-shaped bezel set with a garnet gem.

It will be exhibited alongside three other gold rings, a gold brooch fragment, a gold ingot fragment and a lead spindle whorl, which was used to spin wool into yarn. Read more.