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Charlbury Museum - A KIng's coin

In the spirit of regal celebrations and the crowning of King Charles III, a silver coin in the Hidden Treasures - Hidden Histories showcase exhibition spins one back in time to the 13th century when another king, Henry III, aged nine was crowned in 1216.

This short-cross silver penny depicting an idealised portrait of Henry bears the mark of Osmund, a moneyer of Canterbury, minted between 1236 - 1242. Hidden for centuries in the earth, a local detectorist found this treasure in a nearby field.

Henry's connection to Charlbury is significant; in 1256 he granted the Abbot and the Convent of Eynsham the priviledge of holding a weekly Monday market and a four day fair during August in Charlbury. The King's glove was hoisted on a pole at the top of Church Street to commence the fair. The Wychwood Forest was his royal hunting ground when he stayed at Woodstock.

Come and see more historic coins, gaze at the faces of a Plantagenet king, Elizabeth I and earlier Roman coins.

Hear the chimes of the museum's new arrival: a Charlbury clock by James Street 1830s!

Coronation weekend opening: Sunday 7 & Monday 8  2.30 - 4.30 pm                                The Museum will have a table at the 'Big Help Out' on Monday.

Sue Rangeley · Fri 5 May 2023, 17:44 · Link

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