Largest coin hoard ever dis­cov­ered by trea­sure hunters in Chan­nel Is­lands places it in Guin­ness Book of Records

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

Since its dis­cov­ery in May 2012 by metal de­tec­torists Reg Mead and Richard Miles, the Chan­nel Is­lands’ world­fa­mous Celtic coin hoard has sur­prised ar­chae­ol­o­gists in terms of its con­tent and his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance.

The fi­nal num­ber of coins found within the hoard has now been of­fi­cially ver­i­fied at an im­pres­sive 69,347. Not­with­stand­ing the ar­ray of other ob­jects con­tained within the hoard, this re­mark­able hoard of coins has now been ac­cepted as a Guin­ness World Record in the cat­e­gory of ‘Largest col­lec­tion of Iron Age coins dis­cov­ered’.

Jersey’s hoard has been in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed as a unique op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther un­der­stand the de­vel­op­ment of coinage and economies of the Iron Age pe­riod two thousand years ago.

Olga Finch, Cu­ra­tor of Ar­chae­ol­ogy for Jersey Her­itage said: “We are de­lighted that such an im­pres­sive ar­chae­o­log­i­cal item was dis­cov­ered, ex­ca­vated, examined and dis­played in Jersey. Once again, it puts our is­land in the spotlight of in­ter­na­tional re­search of Iron Age coinage and demon­strates the world-class her­itage that Jersey has to of­fer.”

Some of the trea­sure from the record-break­ing coin hoard is on dis­play at La Hougue Bie Mu­seum in Jersey, where vis­i­tors can dis­cover more about the story be­hind why the hoard was buried, by whom and when.

Metal de­tec­torists Reg Mead and Richard Miles

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