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08.02.2021

Reigate Hoard

The Reigate Vault was found on October 31, 1972 by Mr. C.M. Gibbs at Nat Wood, Gatten Park, Wray Lane, Reigate, Surrey (TQ26635186). The point of discovery turned out to be a series of ledges on the northeast side of Wray Lane, where the footpath runs along the summit, and it seems likely that the treasure was hidden at the edge of a medieval path along the same route.

The treasure was declared a treasure trove on Reigate on February 2, 1973.
The treasure was contained in a pot and this partly explains the surprisingly
fine condition of the coins. Eighteen of them required minimal chemical cleaning to remove surface inlays, but the rest needed washing just to restore them to the condition in which they were deposited. The earliest coins were Edward Ill's C-series, issued in 1351, and the hoard is closed.

With a group of leaf-granulated grits of Henry VI, which included all the major subtypes except the last, rare, unmarked issue. Beginning with the following type. The cross-edge... issue, not uncommon its absence from the hoard can be taken as significant and readings dated to 1454-5.
There were three gold coins, two Annulets of the nobles of Henry VI, including one of them.
A rare early variety with a lion lion aboard the ship and one quarter noble of the same type. They were all struck in London, which emphasized the superiority of which minted in gold in contrast to Calais' dominance of silver issues in the same period. Not surprisingly, the gold coins present must have been from Annoulet, although they had been struck some thirty years before the testimony.
of the hoard since such a large number of them had been struck. The hoard 
showed that nearly half of the English gold coins in circulation ten years after the currency reform of 1465 survived the Annule issue. Unlike the Annule silver coins in the hoard, the three gold coins were not trimmed and were virtually unworn, indicating a less active circulation of the higher denominations. Their weight was similar to many of the new issue coins, right under the standard issue weight of 108g and 27g at 6-98g. (107-7 gr.), 6-96 gr. (107-4 gr.),
and 1-73 gr. (26-7 gr.), respectively.
The rest of the hoard consisted of silver coins: 880 groschens, 101 half-groschens, and 3 pennies. The pennies and, to an even greater extent, the half pennies of Edward III were very worn and trimmed. Sometimes they were missing almost all of their external symbolism. although most often the trimming took the form of an arc extending around three-quarters of the circumference, leaving one transverse end intact. One of the 3 pennies in the hoard was a very worn, York mint Edward III penny. There was only one Richard II penny and no Henry IV coins. Henry V's 58 pieces of pennies were of the general type C, with the exception of two type A coins, one of which had been machined on the obverse of Henry IV. This reign did not have a half, but a scored penny York was included.

Henry VI coins accounted for 83 percent of the silver coins in the hoard and a total of 817 pieces: 748 pennies, 69 half pennies and no pennies. Most of them from the first issue of Annulet, most of them struck at Calais. 

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