A limited opportunity to acquire a genuinely ancient English Medieval Groat, properly recorded and catalogued by the world famous British Museum, London.
The groat is of King Henry VI, Calais mint, with rosette-mascle mint mark.
A groat would have been equivalent to approximately £120 ($200) in ancient times - enough to buy a sheep.
This coin originates from the famous Brackley Hoard, a group of over 300 coins discovered in 2005 by a metal detectorist on agricultural land in Northamptonshire, England. The Brackley hoard is one of Britain's most significant archaeological finds and was the subject of considerable examination by the British Museum. Based on observation of the coin mint marks, which were only used for limited periods, archaeologists believe that the hoard was deposited in the year 1465. The summer of 1465 saw the height of the War of the Roses, a year when King Henry VI was betrayed and captured in Northern England, then transported to the Tower of London. Although the circumstances of the hoard's deposition will probably remain a mystery, the coins were almost certainly buried in a cloth bag for later retrieval. We can speculate that the individual was either on the run and buried the coins in haste, or was a soldier, expecting to be gone for some time. Whatever the circumstances, the coins, equivalent to the average Englishman's life savings, were not seen again for nearly 550 years.
After their discovery in 2005, the coins were reported to the authorities and examined by the British Museum. ArtAncient Ltd. is proud to have been offered the opportunity to acquire over a third of the original hoard, with other parts of the hoard going to the British Museum, London and the original finders.
The coin market has seen considerable strength over the past few years, particularly since the recession (2009). In concert with the art market as a whole, objects with secure provenance are seen as offering the best investment potential. The Brackley hoard, now offered for sale by ArtAncient, is an example of a group of coins that are verifiably ancient, have a secure ownership history and have genuine Archaeological value. Each coin is provided with its original paper envelope, provided by the British Museum, London, which identifies the King, provides die references and measurements.
Diameter: 26 mm
Weight: 3.80 g
For a description of the find circumstances, see the UK portable antiquities scheme annual report 2005/2006, p. 92. The document is currently available online at the following link:
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