And I’ve only ever dug up broken clay pipes….!


Sad to say, when I lived in a country cottage, the only things I ever found in the garden were broken clay pipes (a lot!) and fragments of pottery and china, of which blue and white were by far the main colour. Did I find one coin, let alone 63? Well, a well-worn penny of Queen Victoria, but that was it. I now live in a suburb of Gloucester, and if there’s anything valuable in the garden, it’s doing its darnedest to stay hidden.

If you read this article you’ll learn of a New Forest family who found the above-mentioned coins.

“….The hoard — a stash of 63 gold coins and one silver coin — contains money minted over a period of nearly 100 years, from the late 15th to the 16th centuries. Four of the coins feature Henry VIII and, curiously, one showing the initials of three of his wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour….”

The latter Henry VIII coin, with the initials of his first three “wives”, sounds very strange. Did he like to brag about his awul marital history? Divorced, beheaded and died in childbirth. I feel so sorry for them, but not for him.


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