FOUND > Medieval Coins May Fetch $15,000

Discovered in a Playground by a Caretaker

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Two examples of the 128 silver coins found at the site.

September 27, 2017
By Ruthie Bowles, Contributing Author for What Sells Best

NORTHUMBERLAND, UK (VIDEO) - Mental Floss reports that a British school caretaker discovered a hoard of medieval coins underneath the school’s playground. Collectively they may fetch $15,000.

THE STORY

The coins were discovered at the Warkworth Church of England Primary School. The school is located in the small town of Warkworth, near a well preserved castle of the same name. The House of Percy, a powerful family in Medieval and Renaissance times, owned the castle in eras past.

Ancient coins and other treasures from various time periods await discovery by amateur treasure hunters throughout Europe. There are many theories regarding these particular coins: perhaps they were intended as the tax bill, heading for the local sheriff, or perhaps they were hidden due to the Scottish incursions occurring at the time.

The House of Percy is an old house, intricately tied to the history of the area. They were named the Earls of Northumberland, and later, the Dukes of Northumberland. The family name has almost died out twice. It was resuscitated by men who married the Percy heiress of their times. These men took the surname Percy, thus continuing the family lineage.

There are 128 silver coins, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. There are a collection of groat and half groat coins, meant to be fourpence and twopence coins, now defunct in modern currency. Nine of the coins are from the 1460’s, during the time of Charles the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy. The entire collection is worth nearly £11,000 (approximately $14,900).

It is worth noting that the other 119 coins hail from the time of the fourth Earl of Northumberland, who was particularly involved with King Edward IV and King Richard III. Due to his late response at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, King Richard III lost to his enemy, Henry Tudor, who became King Henry VII.

WHY IT'S RARE

This hoard of coins remained buried for 500 years, and has been authenticated by The British Museum. This is a unique opportunity for collectors to purchase Medieval and Renaissance treasures that would only be found in a museum.

TOP COIN FINDS

While not the largest among the coin discoveries we’ve tracked, this one is definitely worth the buzz it’s generating.

Miniscule details make a big difference in rare coin prices, so if you find something you believe is ancient or antique treasure, you should check with the experts found on our free appraisals page.

AUCTION INFORMATION

Reportedly, the Diocese of Newcastle, the landowner, has agreed to split the buried treasure proceeds with the caretaker. Sixty-six coins were sold on September 13 by Anderson & Garland, an auction house in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. We do not have the results of the sale at this time, and have not heard when the remaining coins will be sold. Stay tuned!

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