Unique medieval coin found in Gloucester

February 16th, 2012 - 9:32 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Gloucester, Feb 16 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A metal detectorist Maureen Jones has found a rare medieval coin in Gloucester. The unique coin dates back between 1077 and 1080 and has the name of the minter and where it was minted.

The find is very significant because it provides the missing piece in the puzzle surrounding the timeline of the operation of the Gloucester mint. The coin was minted during the reign of William the Conqueror. This is the first time that a coin minted between 1077 and 1080 has been discovered.

During a chat with the press, Maureen revealed that she is excited with the find. She is a member of the professional team The Taynton Metal Detecting Club.

She narrated that, “I went out with two other ladies to an open field and that’s where I found it. I know it’s a silver hammered coin but I didn’t recognise the king. It’s quite amazing.”

Maureen has given the coin to the Portable Antiquities Scheme where analysis of the coin has been done. Officials say they will return the coin to her after the analysis is completed.

Experts predict that the coin would have been very worthy at the time that it was lost almost a thousand years back.

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