Buried Treasures donated to Museums Worcestershire
Two rare coin hoards discovered recently in Worcestershire will be kept in the county thanks to generous donations from Felicity Marshall and from Worcestershire Archaeological Society.
The donation of these two significant hoards has delighted museum staff who are working on a new archaeological display at the Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury opening this summer.
The coin hoards, which include a Roman silver coin hoard and a hoard of medieval Long Cross silver pennies, were discovered by metal detectorists in Elmley Lovett and Dodderhill. Only 37 hoards of the Long Cross period are known from the whole of England and Wales, and this is the second such hoard in the care of Museums Worcestershire, the first being from Belbroughton.
Felicity Marshall, Worcestershire Resident, said: “I wanted to make this donation to Museums Worcestershire in memory of my late mother, Margaret Knox, to remember our shared love of archaeology.
Philippa Tinsley, Museums manager, said: “We are so grateful that Felicity would make this donation in her mother’s memory, it really goes to show that through historic objects, museums have the ability to bring joy to people’s lives and bring them closer together. We are also thankful for the generous support from Worcestershire Archaeological Society that has helped to make this acquisition possible.”
The Roman coin hoard is an intriguing find as its Republican date and proximity to Droitwich indicates that it came from early on in the 400-year period when the Romans exploited Droitwich’s natural salt deposits.
The medieval Long Cross hoard is thought to date back to the 1270s, and includes two relative rarities: a complete 3ab1 penny of Hereford and a European-brabantinus. There are fewer than 5 Hereford 3ab1 Hereford pennies and only 9 Brabants recorded in the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, out of around 43,000 medieval coins. The Portable Antiquities Scheme records discoveries by metal detectorists and other members of the public.
This hoard amounts to 5s 2.5d, which would have been equivalent to over 40 days’ wages in the 13th Century, so could either have been a considerable purse loss, or the accumulated savings of a peasant.
The hoards are currently on display at Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury and will be featured in the new archaeology gallery this summer, which is open Tuesday to Friday (10am to 5pm) and Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays (11am to 5pm).
Visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk for more information.