Treasure haul is claimed by the Crown


Anthony Rogers

MEDIEVAL coins discovered in Baschurch and in the Oswestry area have been declared as treasure trove by an inquest.

At last week's Wem inquest, north and mid Shropshire Coroner, Mr John Ellery, declared the finds as treasure trove and they could now be displayed at Rowley's House Museum, Shrewsbury and at the Powysland Museum, Welshpool, which has expressed an interest in the finds.

The inquest heard the Baschurch find of 35 medieval pennies, would have been in circulation in the mid to late 1260s and could probably be linked to a larger hoard of 190 coins discovered in 2007.

In a report to the Coroner, Dr Barrie Cook, curator of medieval and early modern coinage at the British Museum said: "All of the new finds are completely consistent with the original ones, which, since the hoard was so unusual, make it certain they all form part of one single deposit."

The Oswestry finds were made by metal detectorist, Marie Hunt, in April and July, last year.

The first find of 21 coins had a combined value of six shillings and a penny and were of good silver, deposited in circa 1415. Peter Reavill, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme commented: "In its day, it would have represented almost four weeks wages for a skilled craftsman."

The coins discovered last July date back to the 1630s and include a silver gilt medal commemorating the marriage of Charles I.

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