Unlocking the Mystery of the Blythburgh Coins
We are not unused to miraculous archaeological finds arising in the midst of the Suffolk landscape, from the fabulous Dark Age burial mounds of Sutton Hoo unearthed in the 1930s to the Hoxne Hoard discovered 60 years later.
Now, more recently and nearer to our district, another find has arisen from the mists of time. A hoard of nineteen rare gold coins from the Iron Age, the time of the Iceni tribe, was unearthed near Halesworth at Blythburgh in 2019. These coins have images of animals and strange symbols. Many of the coins contain hidden faces or eyebrows, wheels, plants and swirling patterns. The coins have been described by professional archaeologists as ‘very unusual’. Dr Booth, finds recording officer for Suffolk County Council, told the inquest into the find that one of the coins was previously unrecorded and “not seen before”, and that there had been “a lot of interest” from museums in obtaining them.
Halesworth and District Museum is proud to be the museum which has been offered these coins by the British Museum.
The coins have been valued at £16,000 which gives our Museum a huge challenge to raise the sum to retain and display them in the area in which they were buried some 2,000 years ago. These coins give us a glimpse into a strange, very different and largely unknown past.
If you would like to learn more about the hidden images you can see in these remarkable coins then see the online talk given by the Museum on 25th February 2021 at 2:30pm. This talk will covers both the Blythburgh Iron Age Coin Hoard and the Cookley Roman Silver Coin Hoard. which we have just purchased.
How to donate for the Blythburgh Hoard
If you would like to be part of the team contributing to bringing these coins home to our Museum, then you can use donate by:
Our JustGiving Page at: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/blythburghgoldcoins?invite=true
Send a cheque to the Museum
Donate by a bank transfer to Barclays Bank
Account name: The Halesworth and District Museum
Sort Code 20-16-12
Account Number 13489582
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