09 | 12 | 2017

Remarkable find of coins at Colchester London and County Bank

The remarkable find of coins at Colchester during the excavations for the foundation of new premises for the London and County Bank in High Street has already been reported in the Daily Graphic. The actual number of coins found was between 10,000 and 11,000. They were enclosed in a leaden jar, which fell to pieces on being touched. They weighed as much as £135 sterling of modern silver, and it may be supposed that their actual value, according to the value of money when they were in use, was about £1,000. We give illustrations of the principal types of coins. No. 1 shows obverse and reverse of a rare coin of William the Lion, of Scotland (1165 to 1214), and his successor Alexander II. (1214- to 1249). The coins 2 to 7 are of the same type, and all have the same reverse, except that the name of the moneyer and mint varies in some cases. No. 8 shows the obverse and reverse of the silver penny of King John, coined at Dublin. A great many of these coins are among this newly-discovered hoard, some in remarkable preservation. No. 10 is a sample of the pennies of Henry III., obverse and reverse — with the name of the moneyer, “Walter.” Nos. 9 and 11 are also coins of Henry III., of the same type, and with the same reverse, but struck from different dies at different mints. The destination and disposal of these coins remain to be solved. As they are “ treasure trove,” an inquest will be held to-day by the borough coroner.

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