Gold rush……….ancient find viewed at @NMIreland by Minister Jimmy Deenihan


Minister Deenihan Visits National Museum of Ireland to view Recent Coin Find
Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D – Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; and Mr. Ned Kelly– Keeper, Irish Antiquities, National Museum of Ireland;  with one of the most significant finds of 17th century gold coins ever found in Ireland which has been lodged with the National Museum of Ireland. The hoard was unearthed on 14th January 2013 during ground works being undertaken at Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary . The find consists of eighty one gold coins dating to the reigns of Charles II, James II, William and Mary and William III.
The coins were viewed at the National Museum of Ireland  by Jimmy Deenihan TD.,  Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.The coins have yet to be examined by the Museum in detail but they appear to be mainly guineas and a small number of half guineas. The Guinea was a British gold coin minted by the Royal Mint between 1663 and 1814. The coins were in four denominations (a half, one, two, and five) and they were called ‘Guineas’ because  the gold used in making some of them came from West Africa. It appears that the coins were concealed in soil under the floor-boards of a premises and they were spotted by one of the builders while carrying out works .

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