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Medieval coin is ‘earliest find’ at castle excavation

April 5, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, English Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

April 4th, 2014. Carrick Times. (www.carrickfergustimes.co.uk)

Archaeologists digging at Carrickfergus Castle have displayed their most exciting find yet with the discovery of a medieval silver coin.

The English short cross penny was uncovered in one of the excavation trenches last week as the eight-strong team nears the completion of the dig period.

The work is being undertaken by the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) at Queen’s University on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Speaking to the Times last week, excavation director Ruairi O’Baoill said: “The coin dates from some time between 1200 to 1250, around the time of Henry II, Richard, John or Henry III. It’s the earliest artefact we’ve found so far.

“As it’s made from silver, I imagine the person who dropped it would have been annoyed to find they’d lost it!

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