A haul of gold coins that dates from the late 15th century was found by a family while digging in their garden, which has been termed a miracle.
According to the British Museum, the highlight of the hoard was a collection of four coins bearing the initials of the wives of Henry VIII—Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. These 63 gold coins were discovered in the New Forest area of Hampshire by a family who wishes to stay anonymous.
The stay-at-home orders during the pandemic have resulted to a boost in finds from home gardens, which includes some intriguing discoveries, like a Roman furniture fitting dating from nearly 2,000 years ago.
These treasures are among more than 47,000 finds that were registered this year with the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)—with 6,251 discoveries reported during the first lockdown in the UK.
In an interview with PA News John Naylor, from the Ashmolean Museum, revealed that:
The hoard was likely to have been hidden either by a wealthy merchant or clergy fearful of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, in which he took control of many of the religious community’s assets. Some monasteries and some churches did try to hide their wealth hoping that they would be able to keep it in the long term.John Naylor