Wales

Metal detectorists' finds declared treasure

A group of post-Medieval silver coins found in Trefnant, Flintshire Image copyright National Museum Wales
Image caption A group of post-Medieval silver coins found in Trefnant, Flintshire

Six finds by metal detectorists including brooches and coins have been officially declared as treasure.

All the discoveries were made in Denbighshire and Flintshire and date from the 13th to the 17th Century.

Assistant coroner for north Wales Joanne Lees declared the finds to be treasure at an inquest in Ruthin, Denbighshire, on Monday.

National Museum Wales said up to 30 items of treasure were discovered in Wales each year.

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Image caption A post-Medieval gold ring found in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire

Treasure must be reported to the local coroner within 14 days of finding it.

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Image caption A Medieval silver brooch found in Cilcain, Flintshire

The six finds are:

  • A Medieval silver brooch found in Llanfynydd, Flintshire
  • A Medieval silver brooch found in Cilcain, Flintshire
  • A Medieval silver-gilt ring found in Cilcain, Flintshire
  • A post-Medieval gold ring found in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire
  • A post-Medieval silver bodkin fragment found in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire
  • A group of post-Medieval silver coins found in Trefnant, Flintshire
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Image caption A post-Medieval silver bodkin fragment found in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire

The eight silver coins date to the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I and were discovered by Stephen Marnick and Richard Leech in Trefnant Community, Flintshire, in September 2018.

The National Museum of Wales said the coins were probably buried for safekeeping during the English Civil War.

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Image caption A Medieval silver-gilt ring, found in Cilcain, Flintshire

Senior curator of numismatics and the Welsh economy Alastair Willis said: "What's particularly interesting is that two of the coins were struck at the Tower of London by Parliament after the start of the war.

"They still bear Charles I's portrait, however, because Parliament claimed that it was fighting the king's advisers, not the king himself."

National Museum Wales said both Denbighshire Museums Service and Flintshire Museums Service had expressed an interest in acquiring the finds after they have been independently valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

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Image caption A medieval silver brooch, found in Llanfynydd, Flintshire

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