Historic hoard of coins goes on show at Tutbury Castle
PART of the largest hoard of historic coins ever discovered in the UK, found at Tutbury Castle, has gone on display.
Unearthed from the bed of the River Dove, the Tutbury Hoard originally comprised 360,000 silver coins believed to have belonged to Thomas Earl of Lancaster.
COINING IT: Tutbury Castle
It is thought the coins were buried as the Earl fled the Staffordshire castle following his rebellion against King Edward II in 1322.
They were discovered by Duchy of Lancaster in 1831 and were separated but are now to be reunited for the exhibition at the British Museum called Ruin and Rebellion: Uncovering The Past at Tutbury Castle.
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Lord Shuttleworth, chairman of the Duchy of Lancaster Council, which manages the castle, unveiled the exhibition.
The hoard forms the centrepiece of a display of artefacts and documents about the castle's history.
Dr Gareth Williams has been working with experts from Tutbury Castle and the University of Birmingham for the last seven years.
Dr Williams said: "Of particular interest is the rebellion of Thomas of Lancaster in 1322 which resulted in his defeat and attempted escape. It is here we believe £1,500 was taken from the castle and buried in the river bed – around 360,000 coins in all.
"Over the years, individual pieces have turned up in various places. We are delighted to have been able to bring together coins and related material to create the largest ever display of coins from this important cache. Even so, this is only a tiny fraction of the original Tutbury Hoard."