In the money

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ASIGNIFICANT col­lec­tion of 186 an­cient coins span­ning 25 cen­turies has been dis­cov­ered in a drawer at Scot­ney cas­tle, Kent.

The hoard, which re­search sug­gests was amassed by ed­ward hussey III and his son edwy in the 19th cen­tury, mostly in­cludes Ro­man money, as well as coins from as far afield as Syria and china. One coin—among the ear­li­est silver to­kens struck in europe, with a de­pic­tion of a sea tur­tle, a crea­ture sa­cred to Aphrodite—dates back to 7th-cen­tury bc Greece and a Welsh penny forged in 1787 fea­tures a druid and is in­scribed with the words ‘We prom­ise to pay the bearer one penny’. eigh­teen of the coins have been classed as ‘rare’ by the Mu­seum of London Ar­chae­ol­ogy, which calls the find ‘sig­nif­i­cant and di­verse’.

The high quan­tity of Ro­man coins in the col­lec­tion, from the late 2nd cen­tury bc to the late 4th cen­tury ad, sug­gests that the husseys were try­ing to gather a com­plete set of Ro­man rulers. De­spite the mag­ni­tude of the task—ro­man suc­ces­sion was com­plex and many coins from the shorter reigns ex­tremely rare—they were close to achiev­ing it.

‘The hussey fam­ily lived at Scot­ney for two cen­turies and col­lected a wealth of ob­jects and mem­o­ra­bilia,’ ex­plains hen­rike Philipp, part of the vol­un­teer team that found the coins. ‘ever since the Trust took on the house [2007], we’ve been dis­cov­er­ing things in draw­ers, cup­boards and in the man­sion ar­chives, such as medieval pa­pers, First World War di­aries and books by cel­e­brated land­scape gar­dener Wil­liam Gilpin. We can’t wait to see what we will find next.’

The coins will form part of a new ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Inside the col­lec­tion’ (un­til Fe­bru­ary 4, 2018), cel­e­brat­ing a decade since the Trust opened Scot­ney cas­tle to vis­i­tors.

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