2,500-Year-Old Coins Found Inside Desk's Drawer
Ringo | On 08, Nov 2017
A collection of coins, which was dated in ancient Rome, has been found inside the drawer of a desk inside a Castle in Kent England.
The collection, which includes ancient coins from China and Syria, was found inside the Scotney Castle by volunteers taking the photographs of the 14th-century structure.
Perhaps, the last person who knew they were there already passed away.
One of the oldest coin in the pack, the “Aegina,” features a sea turtle, which is sacred to the Goddess Aphrodite. It was dated between 600 and 550 BC. The majority of the coins were from ancient Rome.
National Trust archaeologist Nathalie Cohen said the coins may have been amassed by Edward Hussey III and his son Edwy in the 19th Century.
“We know that Edward and Edwy Hussey had a great interest in collecting, but this considerable cache of fascinating coins shows just how much their interest grew into a collection of exceptional importance,” said Cohen.
The Husseys are thought to have collected coins between the 1820s and 1890s. In 1883, Edwy revealed that he “went to the British Museum with papa as he wanted to ask about some coins.”
The coins are currently being displayed at the “Inside the collection exhibition” which will run until February 2018.
The coins are not for sale.