Buckingham Old Gaol Museum (which is an interesting little museum situated in a fortified lock-up in the town centre) is seeking to purchase a rare Richard III coin found this September by a local metal detector. The gold half-angel was found only one mile from the town centre of Buckingham (some people have all the luck!) It is an extremely rare piece, with only seven being known to exist.
The museum is hoping to raise five figures and obtain the coin for permanent display. If it succeeds, it will be the ONLY one of these half-angels available to be be viewed by the public. The last one that turned up was sold to a private collector for around £44,000.
Fingers crossed that this one will , with the renewed interest in Richard III since 2012, generate enough donations to keep it in Buckingham, where the public can view it as an important piece of regional–and national–heritage.