Ancient coins from Jersey’s world-famous Celtic coin hoard will be making their way around the Island as part of a special pop-up exhibition. The touring exhibition, which is kindly supported by Benest & Syvret, starts in Grouville, the parish where the Catillon II hoard was discovered.


Ancient coins from Jersey’s world-famous Celtic coin hoard will be making their way around the Island as part of a special pop-up exhibition. The touring exhibition, which is kindly supported by Benest & Syvret, starts tomorrow (Thursday 4 October) and the first stop is Grouville, the parish where the Catillon II hoard was discovered.

 

The exhibition will spend a month in each parish hall over the next year, giving as many Islanders as possible the opportunity to view some of the Iron Age coins, and to find out more about the story behind the hoard. Entry to the exhibition is free.

 

Olga Finch, Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology, said: “We are delighted that a selection of the silver coins from the hoard will be touring the Island, parish by parish. We’d urge everyone to come along and find out who might have buried the hoard and why, as well as the remarkable story about how it was discovered.”

 

The massive hoard, which contained nearly 70,000 coins, was found in a field in 2012 by metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles. It had lain buried for 2,000 years. Since then, Jersey Heritage conservators, archaeologists and volunteers have painstakingly unpicked and studied the hoard, watched every step of the way by the world’s media and a fascinated public.

 

Ancient gold torques, silver coins, and gold and silver jewellery excavated from the hoard are now on display at La Hougue Bie Museum, and it is some of these treasures that are part of the pop-up exhibition. The Constable of Grouville, John Le Maistre, said: “I am delighted the launch of the Jersey coin hoard touring exhibition is being held in Grouville. As it was the parish in which the hoard was found, I think this very fitting. I hope people will take the chance to see the display when it is in a parish hall near them.”

 

Nina Benest, from Benest & Syvret, added: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship in respect of the coin hoard that was discovered in 2012. As a Jersey law firm, we are always looking for opportunities to support our local community, and the parish tour is a fantastic way for Islanders to see and appreciate this treasure at first hand.”

 

October 2018

Grouville Parish Hall

 

November

St Martin Parish Hall

 

December

St Peter Parish Hall

 

January 2019

St John Parish Hall

 

February

St Mary Parish Hall

 

March

St Clement Parish Hall

 

April

St Lawrence Parish Hall

 

May

 

St Brelade Parish Hall

June

 

Trinity Parish Hall

July

 

St Saviour Parish Hall

August

 

St Ouen Parish Hall

September 2019

 

St Helier