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Rare medieval gold coins and silver pennies found in Buckinghamshire

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Twelve mega-rare medieval gold coins, along with hundreds of silver pennies have been found in Buckinghamshire, according to the BBC.

The considerable treasure hoard was originally discovered four years ago, but experts have finally identified the coins.

It’s thought the money was buried by its owner around the time of the Black Death in the 14th century.

The coins have now officially been declared ‘treasure’ and will go to a special panel of antique experts so that they can be valued.

In total, 12 medieval gold coins and 616 silver pennies were uncovered by amateur detectorists in the Buckinghamshire village of Hambleden in April 2019.

The rare gold coins, called nobles, were the first English gold coins produced in quantity and were introduced during the reign of King Edward III (1312-1377).

Dr Barrie Cook from the British Museum said there had only been 12 known examples of the rare gold nobles ever found before the 2019 discovery.

According to Dr Cook explained that “people hid their money all the time as there were no banks”, and the owner was probably local.

He said: “He might be an official running a manor or a priest, but he’s not super rich either as the super-rich didn’t bury their money.”

Image source: BBC News

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