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Oooh... "scunnered" - I like.

 

YOC, from what I understand, a lot of coins were kept in stashes centuries after they were minted. Now, how often are these finds contemporary (i.e. buried soon after minting) vs. more modern hoard buried a few centuries later? Regardless, it's remarkable that these coins have been in the earth longer than my country has been occupied by Europeans.

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YOC, from what I understand, a lot of coins were kept in stashes centuries after they were minted. Now, how often are these finds contemporary (i.e. buried soon after minting) vs. more modern hoard buried a few centuries later? Regardless, it's remarkable that these coins have been in the earth longer than my country has been occupied by Europeans.

 

It entirely depends on the context and date of the hoard. Most of the early hoards (10th-12th centuries) won't contain coins from more than, let's say, 20 years apart due to the reminting of old coins into new types every few years. However, when we get to later periods (15th-17th centuries) we see coins from across vast periods being contained within them, e.g. the Hartford Hoard that had 1,108 silver groats from the reigns of Edward IV, Henry VI, Richard III and Henry VII, and double patards of Charles the Bold.

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Must be always exciting to piece a story together and learn more about a particular period and its economy :)

 

Oh, it is. :yes:

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