Jersey Museum summons Hidden Treasures as 52,000 Celtic coins from Grouville go on show

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 September 2012
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Neil Mahrer, the Conservator for Jersey Heritage, will be offering wisdom on the hoard of coins found in a field on the island when they go on display for three days© Orchid Communications
The public have been given three days to see the enormous Celtic hoard, estimated to have contained 52,000 coins when it was found in a Grouville field last month, during a brief display at the Jersey Museum.

Organisers say the decision to put the incredible archaeological discovery on view is a response to “intense media interest from around the world.”

The coins will form a gleaming mass in the foyer of the museum after making their move with the help of specialist equipment and tight security.

“This find is one of the most significant in modern times, and it is only right that the public should have an opportunity to experience what is a truly remarkable sight,” says Jon Carter, the Director of Jersey Heritage, whose Curator of Archaeology, Olga Finch, will join coin conservator Neil Mahrer in giving a series of talks during the fleeting exhibition.

“It is a core objective of the heritage organisations in Jersey to make our heritage as accessible as possible to the public, when appropriate to do so. The discovery, excavation and conservation of this hoard of coins, and ultimately its public exhibition, has been the result of a tremendous team effort.”

Carter praised the owner of the field, detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles, the Société Jersiaise and display sponsors LloydsTSB for assisting the showcase, which will form part of the current Hidden Treasures festival taking place on the island.

“This will provide a very special element of the festival,” added Donna Le Marrec, of Jersey Tourism.

“We wanted to show visitors what an incredibly rich and diverse culture and history Jersey has. There is no finer example than this immensely important find.”

The glimpse of Grouville gold will be a rarity, with the coins set to return to a secure location for conservation work once the exhibition finishes.

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