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18.02.2021

Bitterley Hoard

The Bitterley Hoard is the largest hoard of medieval/civil war coins in England found to date in Shropshire, England. It was discovered on February 17, 2011 by a metal detector user near the village of Bitterley, South Shropshire. The find consists of one gold coin and 137 silver coins of large denominations. They were placed in a high-quality leather purse, which was in an earthen vessel called a tyg. The earliest coin was from the reign of Edward VI , the last from the Bristol Provincial Mint of Charles I. , indicating that he was buried after the beginning of 1644. 
On June 28, 2012, the hoard of coins was declared a treasure under the 1996 Treasure by Coroner Act for Shropshire and was evaluated by the independent Treasure Appraisal Commission of the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport. The Shropshire Museum Service has expressed interest in purchasing the treasure for display at the Ludlow Museum. Fundraising is done through an open subscription by the Friends of Ludlow Museum.

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