How about this for beginner’s luck? Just a week after taking up metal detecting, a Mr Ian Greig discovered a rare Anglo-Saxon coin which has been described by experts at Yorkshire Museum as ‘jaw-dropping’. The gold shilling might be smaller than a five pence piece, but according to Andy Woods, curator of money and medals at Yorkshire Museum, the coin was a “one-in-a-million” find. “When Ian first brought it in to me my jaw absolutely hit the floor. It is the first coin ever made in York. It was made sometime around 620 to 650 AD and they are incredibly rare. This is only the 19th example of this type of coin ever found.” On the coin, which was found at Fulford near York, is a human figure holding two crosses and Mr Woods thinks he knows who it is… Paulinus, the first Bishop of York. “We cannot say that for certain but it is the right time and the right place” added Mr Woods. The coin is thought to be worth between £5,000 and £7,000 and already Mr Greig has received an offer from a private collector. But Mr Greig would like to see the coin go on public display and is currently in discussions to sell it to Yorkshire Museum. And because the coin was found on its own it is not classed as treasure under the Treasure Act. As a result, it is owned jointly by the finder and the landowner, which is Fulford Parish Council. After raising the (gold) bar so high first time out, the Anglo Saxon shilling is going to be a tough act for Mr Greig to follow.
November 20, 2016