La Hougue Bie Museum
Le Catillon II is the World’s largest Celtic coin hoard; it has been estimated that it contains up to 70,000 silver alloy coins plus gold and silver jewellery.
Sponsored by Stanley Gibbons
During the summer of 2012 two men, using metal detectors, discovered ancient treasure in a field in Jersey. This treasure of compacted coins and jewellery had lain hidden for 3,000 years.
For the past two years, conservators have been excavating the hoard and have had some truly amazing finds including gold torques and silver ingots. For the first time, some of this jewellery will be on display in this new exhibition. Visitors will also be able to watch conservators at work as they excavate the coin hoard.
See Jersey Heritage Conservator, Neil Mahrer, talk about the coin hoard and what he hopes to discover during the conservation process.
Read the Blog conservation blog.
These coins were made about 2,000 years ago – when Julius Caesar and his Roman legions were conquering and the Channel Islands were changing from a Celtic way of life to a Roman style of living.
Three hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Channel Islands were firmly in the Celtic world. Today we know these areas as Brittany and Normandy and the larger islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. The Romans referred to this region as Armorica and the people as Gauls.
Read the full history of the coins.