Treasure Chasers

November 20, 2011

Metal Detector Finds 840 Gold Coins Wickham Market Hoard Treasure

Filed under: Treasure chasing — Tags: , , , , , , , , — admin @ 3:08 pm In 2008 a man using a metal detector found a hoard of 840 gold coins, this hoard has since become known as The Wickham Market Hoard. The Wickham Market Hoard contained coins that belonged to the Iceni Tribe and are believed to be from 40 BC to 15 AD. This would date these coins to Pre-Queen Boudicca the warrior queen who led the revolt against Roman Rule which destroyed Colchester in 60 AD. The Ipswitch Museum raised 300000 pounds to purchase the hoard and keep it in Suffolk, later this hoard will be visiting Colchester, Norwich and Cambridge. arolineMcDonald, curator, said ” Cambridge and Norfolk are part of the Iceni tribal heartlands, so essentially we’re sending the coins back to where they came from.” McDonald added “I like to think emotionally we’re all related to the Iceni because we tread in those places that they trod 2000 years ago.” Recently the Ipswitch Museum posted an opportunity for 50 people to help clean these coins in a free workshop. All 50 spots have already been filled. I imagine they filled quite quickly. McDonald said “We wanted our contemporary communities to experience the coins close up.” McDonald continued “It’s quite unusual for us to have members of the public in the conservation lab and even more unusual to have them around our treasure.” Emma Hogarth, conservation officer, said: “If they’re pure gold, they don’t decay, but as there is some copper in these ones, we do have a little bit of corrosion. It’s

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  1. Need!

    Comment by Marek2160 — November 20, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  2. @umrgolf2000 I thought it was a bit low too. Perhaps there is more copper than gold???

    Comment by knrbalbi — November 20, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

  3. only worth 300,000 pounds? 357 pounds/ piece … I thought they were gonna say a couple mill

    Comment by umrgolf2000 — November 20, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

  4. @Blazinblex Blazinblex- I’m like you that way too. This time I thought it was pretty cool to see that some people got to get some hands on with such an amazing find.

    Comment by knrbalbi — November 20, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  5. most of the time i ususally like to see just the things found and a little of the history but its good someone out there appreciates the history and the development of the discovery

    Comment by Blazinblex — November 20, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

  6. @swinginsouthjersey I can’t find one either…I think it is the fact that we are “geographically challenged” LOL

    Comment by knrbalbi — November 20, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

  7. @SuperJammygit It’s a sad thing indeed. It’s pretty cool that you have inside info on this. I figured it had something to do with some sort of disagreement as there was no name to the finder/finders anywhere I looked. Though, I did not dig too deep either.


    Comment by knrbalbi — November 20, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  8. two great buddys found these coins ,,now they never speak,,its all about greed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,again

    Comment by SuperJammygit — November 20, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

  9. Someone found 840 gold coins & I can’t find 1
    I suck…. LOL
    thanks for the only news worth watching TB

    Comment by swinginsouthjersey — November 20, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  10. @Blazinblex Thanks Blazinblex. Yeah I use to miss a lot of treasure news stories…still do actually, But the ones I find I try to post.

    Comment by knrbalbi — November 20, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

  11. love all the stories

    Comment by Blazinblex — November 20, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

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