This coin hoard contains 316 silver coins and was found at Haddiscoe, less than ten miles from Great Yarmouth, in July 2003. The coins span four monarchs from Edward VI to James I and believed to have been buried during the English Civil War. It is the largest of just three hoards of that period so far found in Norfolk.
The hoards consists of two Edward VI shillings, three Edward VI sixpences, ninety one Elizabeth I sixpences, thirty eight Elizabeth I shillings, twenty five James I shillings, thirty six Charles I half crowns, ninety six Charles I shillings and thirteen Charles I sixpences. In contemporary value this would have been the equivalent of over fifteen pounds or over £1,000 pounds today. In the 17th century this sum could have been used to buy two horses or two cows and represented 214 days wages for a craftsman in the building trade.
Great Yarmouth was a staunch Parliamentarian town during the Civil War. The Elizabethan House museum, where the hoard is displayed, became a regular meeting place for Parliamentarians during that period. Oliver Cromwell is reported to have visited several times and the ‘Conspiracy room’ within the building is said to be the place where officers met in December 1648 to decide the fate of the defeated King, Charles I. Read moreHide
Elizabeth I, QueenAccession number:
GRYEH : 2006.47On display at:
Not currently on public display