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Museum in Edenbridge Acquires Gold Coin Hoard from Gallic Wars

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Museum in Edenbridge Acquires Gold Coin Hoard from Gallic Wars

A hoard of ten gold coins discovered in Kent in 2016 is finally on display at a nearby museum.

Although the coins themselves are small, the historic nature of the find is immense.

An Unexpected Discovery

The group of gold coins was found at a site near Chiddingstone Castle, which boasts a rather long history of its own.

All of the coins dated to the 1st century B.C.E., squarely within the Iron Age. They were found by a treasure hunter with a metal detector.

The finder, Jonathan Barber, had been searching the area near Chiddingstone for years without ever finding something of quite this magnitude.

However, the ground had recently been plowed, which brought these ancient coins closer to the surface. Barber promptly reported the find to the U.K.'s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

Each of the ten coins is a gold stater from northern France. They were struck back in antiquity just across the English Channel from Kent, a county situated on the southeast coast of England. Researchers determined that the presence of the coins must be related to the Gallic Wars initiated by Julius Caesar.

This is only the second time that gold coins of this origin have ever been found in Britain.

Ancient Coins Back Where They Belong

After being evaluated as treasure by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the hoard was acquired by the Eden Valley Museum. The museum is located in the town of Edenbridge, and is the closest such institution to the site where the coins were found.

gold stater A similar Celtic gold stater. Photo courtesy of Numisantica [CC BY-SA 3.0 NL]

A number of charitable organizations and government trusts provided the bulk of the funding (about £13,000, or almost $18,000) for the museum to acquire these artifacts.

The hoard finally went on display to the public in early April.

The design of the coins is uniface, meaning that one side is blank. The engraved side (the obverse) depicts a horse—much like a Celtic gold stater (pictured, right).

A more detailed account of this story was published during the first week of May by Coin World.


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Everett Millman

Everett Millman

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Everett has been the head content writer and market analyst at Gainesville Coins since 2013. He has a background in History and is deeply interested in how gold and silver have historically fit into the financial system.

In addition to blogging, Everett's work has been featured in CoinWeek, Advisor Perspectives, Wealth Management, Activist Post, and has been referenced by the Washington Post.

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