Knaresborough Area Hoard

posted 25 Apr 2010, 06:29 by Paul Brayford
A hoard of rare 12th Century coins unearthed in North Yorkshire have been declared treasure by a coroner in Harrogate. The silver coins were found on remote farmland near Knaresborough by members of West Riding Detector Group in 2008.

Dating from the reign of Henry I, the collection of 178 coins is believed to be one of the biggest hoards of its kind. They will now be officially valued and any museums interested in obtaining them will have six months to come up with funds. Several institutions have expressed an interest, including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Any proceeds will be split between the landowner and the group who found them.

The 1996 Treasure Act legally obliges finders of historic metal objects to report their discovery to the local coroner who determines whether or not it constitutes treasure.

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