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Money, money, money... must be funny... in an ancient world

Money, money, money... must be funny... in an ancient world

Sunday 21 October 2018

Money, money, money... must be funny... in an ancient world

Islanders will be able to pay a visit to Jersey’s world-famous ancient Celtic coin hoard as it travels the island as part of a special pop-up exhibition.

The touring exhibition started on Thursday, with Grouville as the first parish to display the artefacts as it was where the Catillon II hoard was discovered.

The tour will finish in St. Helier, in September next year.

The hoard, which was buried around 2,000 years ago, contained nearly 70,000 coins, and was found in a field in 2012 by metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles.


Pictured: Reg Mead and Richard Miles, who discovered the ancient coins.

Since its discovery, Jersey Heritage conservators, archaeologists and volunteers have painstakingly unpicked and studied the hoard.

Ancient gold torques, silver coins, and gold and silver jewellery excavated from the hoard are now on display at La Hougue Bie Museum, and it is some of these treasures that will form part of the pop-up exhibition.

The exhibition will spend a month in each parish hall over the next year, giving as many Islanders as possible the opportunity to view some of the Iron Age coins. There will also be the opportunity to discover more about the likely history of the coins.


Pictured: The coin hoard, which is comprised of nearly 70,000 coins.

The Constable of Grouville, John Le Maistre, said: “I am delighted the launch of the Jersey coin hoard touring exhibition is being held in Grouville. As it was the parish in which the hoard was found, I think this very fitting. I hope people will take the chance to see the display when it is in a parish hall near them.”>

Olga Finch, Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology, urged all members of the public to visit the travelling coins and learn "the remarkable story about how it was discovered.”

Entry to the exhibition is free. 

The travelling coins' full tour schedule...




St. Martin


St. Peter


St. John


St. Mary


St. Clement


St. Lawrence


St. Brelade




St. Saviour


St. Ouen


St. Helier

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