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Kett’s Rebellion: ‘Hidden’ coin hoard declared treasure

November 29, 2012 in British Coins, Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

29 November 2012 (http://www.bbc.co.uk) BBC News Norfolk

A hoard of coins minted during Henry VIII’s reign and found by a metal detector enthusiast in a Norfolk field may have been buried to keep it safe during Kett’s Rebellion in 1549.

The 14 silver groats, found in a field in Wymondham, were pronounced treasure by coroner William Armstrong in Norwich.

Kett’s Rebellion during the reign of King Edward VI started in Wymondham.

They hoard was found in April 2011 by Steven Clarkson and Mark Turner.

Peasant protest

Objects which could qualify as treasure must be reported to the coroner under the 1996 Treasure Act .

Dr Adrian Marsden, of the British Museum, said in a report to the coroner it is “quite likely they (the coins) were hidden during the Kett uprising in July and August 1549”.

He said the coins “probably represent a small proportion of the hoard originally concealed”.

A valuation committee will decide on the value and compensation to be paid to the finder and landowner.

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