The incredible story of the once in a generation historic find beneath a Yorkshire kitchen floor
The Ellerby Hoard is one of the greatest and most unexpected historic finds in recent times – and tells fascinating stories of mercantile Yorkshire’s past.
By Grace Newton
Saturday, 10th September 2022
In 2019, a couple were renovating their 18th-century property in the village of Ellerby, near Hull, when they made the discovery of a lifetime beneath the kitchen floor.
Buried inside a small cup were over 260 gold coins from the 17th and 18th centuries, dating from the reigns of King James I through to King George I. They are to be auctioned in London next month and could fetch over £250,000 for their anonymous finders.
The coins were not legally declared treasure because they did not all meet the threshold of being at least 300 years old, meaning the finders – who had lived in the house for 10 years – were able to keep and sell them, though the British Museum has taken the Brazilian coin for public display.
"The legal test is that the hoard is equated with the date of burial – so they were only 292 years old, though some of the coins pre-dated 1719. This situation had never come up in an archaeological sense before.”
Gold coins that were part of the Hoard
full story here https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ellerby-hoard-the-incredible-story-of-the-once-in-a-generation-historic-find-beneath-a-yorkshire-kitchen-floor-3836307
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