Saturday, 3 October 2015

"Museum Can't Afford to Buy Them, Oo's Sabina then?"

The finder of the hacksilver hoard which he reckons the TVC "undervalued" found another hoard recently, 26  Flavian silver coins, the first in nightime 'tecting on grassland:

but (justinbell » Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:43 pm
just received a new letter today regarding the coins. The local museum have decided they do not wish to acquire them any more. Seems a bit strange as they are a roman musuem... anyway... the British museum want one coin (the vespasian with sow and piglets) but the other 29 are being returned to us!
Member Greggowrex is so surprised he forgot how to write English (Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:46 am):
is this normal , I would. of thought they would of wanted them [question emoticopn]
justinbell (Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:56 pm) adds:
[...] we would never sell the coins, so they would always be in our collections. At least they were recorded and fully identified by the BM. I like to think that we have done our bit to contribute to the history books. It would have been nice to have been able to see them displayed in a museum but on the other hand, it will be nice to have them back. I cant wait to get them back!
They could always have a word with the landowner and donate them to the museum, couldn't they? That's what would have happened if they'd been found in an archaeological excavation. Now there is just the little matter of paying the landowner off for his half of the value of the items they are enriching their collection with.

As for the idea that these heritage grabbers are "lerning 'istry" by pulling this stuff out of the ground - duh [after being pointed to Wikipedia]:
Wow! Never thought about looking at the family tree and how it relates to our hoard. It makes a bit more sense now. Thats great cd, thankyou!

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