Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Fishpool Hoard

The Fishpool Hoard of 1,237 15th century gold coins, four rings and four other pieces of jewellery, and gold chain was discovered by workmen on a building site in Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, England in 1966.

The hoard was probably buried in haste at some time between winter 1463 and summer 1464, perhaps by someone fleeing south after the Battle of Hexham in May 1464, in the first stages of England's War of the Roses.

The heart-shaped brooch is engraved with the phrase "je suys vostre sans de partier" (I am yours wholly).
The face value of the hoard when deposited was about £400, equivalent to around £300,000 today. It may have formed part of the Lancastrian royal treasury, entrusted to someone fleeing south after the Battle of Hexham (15 May 1464) and concealed by him deep inside Sherwood Forest.


http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/britain/our_top_ten_british_treasures/the_fishpool_hoard.aspx