|On March 29, 2012 news broke of the Ackworth Hoard. Dr Owen Johnson, 53, was inspecting building work at his home in High Ackworth when he spotted a ceramic pot poking out of the earth. |
The pot cracked in two when he tried to pick it up, spilling out gold and silver coins “like a slot machine.”
Containing 52 gold and 39 silver coins, it is thought the jar had been buried for 300 years, probably at the height of the English Civil War.
|The earliest coin is a gold half sovereign of Edward VI minted in 1547-9, and the latest are Charles I silver coins minted in 1645-6. Most of the coins are English coins of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I.|
The Hoard also includes a few Scottish and Irish coins, and ducatoons from the Spanish Netherlands.
|As well as the coins, the treasure includes a single gold ring with the inscription: 'When this you see, Remember me.' |
The hoard was valued at £54,492 and Wakefield Council managed to raise the money after donations from various groups to keep the items locally.