Stanley Gibbons Investments are to sponsor Jersey’s Celtic Coin Hoard Exhibition, a showcase of the largest collection of Celtic coins ever discovered.
The Coin Hoard Exhibition and Conservation Laboratory will go on display this year in a new semi-permanent exhibition space at La Hougue Bie.
Dating back over 2,000 years, the Coin Hoard includes over 70,000 Celtic coins, plus rare gold torques and rings.
The Coin Hoard was discovered in a field in Grouville in 2012 by two metal detector enthusiasts who had been looking for the treasure for over 30 years.
Keith Heddle, Managing Director of Stanley Gibbons Investments, said: “The Celtic Coin Hoard is one of the most significant treasure troves of ancient coins in the world. Coins are a marker of historical, cultural and socio-economic development; they chart the rise and fall of dynasties, both ancient and modern. Rare coins have also been used as a convenient way of preserving wealth and the Celtic Coin Hoard is a perfect example of the enduring appeal of tangible, heritage icons.
“We are delighted to sponsor the Celtic Coin Hoard Exhibition and to help efforts to analyse and conserve this wonderful find. Coins are an important part of our heritage and the Exhibition and Conservation Laboratory have a key role in making this heritage accessible for people in Jersey.”
Established in 1856, Stanley Gibbons has a long history in alternative investments, and the Jersey-based company is the world’s leading rare stamp, rare coin and prestige collectibles merchant.
While the Jersey Coin Hoard will never be for sale, the Stanley Gibbons Rare Coins Index provides a snapshot of the market for investment-grade coins; the Stanley Gibbons Investment Division gives investors the option of potentially preserving and growing their wealth with tangible, heritage assets like rare coins.
Jonathan Carter, Director, Jersey Heritage, said: “Jersey Heritage want to thank Stanley Gibbons for helping us to put together a new exhibition that tells the story of what the hoard meant to those who made it and what it means to us today. This story telling is so important because thousands of people continue to follow the excavation of the hoard all over the world.”
The Coin Hoard Exhibition is open to the public on Sundays from 14 February to 22 March 2016 and then daily from 23 March to 30 October 2016.
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