Tuesday, 3 May 2022

UK gardeners land gold hoard

A family weeding their garden in New Forest in 2020 discovered a hoard of gold coins that may have been hidden during the dissolution of the monasteries there. The find of 63 gold coins and one silver coin, mostly date from the reigns of kings from Edward IV to Henry VIII. The coins were likely hidden around 1540.
Four gold coins depicting Henry VIII have the initials of three of his wives on them. The initials stand for his first three wives Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. Henry VIII put the initials of whoever his wife was at the time on his coins but stopped the practice after Jane. Henry divorced Catherine, beheaded Anne and lost Jane when she died after giving birth.