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