PAS-867115: Hackney Hoard of gold coins

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Unique ID: PAS-867115

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

The Hackney Hoard

The 80 coins are all gold 20-dollar pieces of the United States, issued between 1854 and 1913. The coins are thus all the same denomination, introduced in this form in 1850, and were struck to the same standard, 90% gold, used from 1837 until the end of US gold coinage in 1933. The catalogue shows that the coins gradually increase in number across the decades from 1870 to 1909 (13 coins from 1870-9; 14 from 1880-89; 18 from 1890-99; and 25 from 1900-9). Over a quarter of the total were issued in the last 6 six years represented. Together these factors suggest that the material began to be put aside during this later period, rather than being built up systematically across a range of time represented. The main element among this latest material are the 17 coins dating to 1908, which suggests that a single batch of coins from that year might have formed the core for the group.

The contents of the hoard
Date Mint Total in hoard
1854 San Francisco 1
1867 San Francisco 1
1870 San Francisco 1
1875 Carson City 1
1875 San Francisco 1
1876 San Francisco 5
1876 Philadelphia 2
1877 San Francisco 2
1877 Philadelphia 1
1881 San Francisco 1
1882 San Francisco 2
1883 San Francisco 3
1884 San Francisco 2
1885 San Francisco 1
1888 San Francisco 4
1889 San Francisco 1
1890 Philadelphia 1
1891 San Francisco 1
1893 San Francisco 1
1894 San Francisco 4
1896 San Francisco 3
1899 San Francisco 4
1900 San Francisco 2
1901 San Francisco 3
1902 San Francisco 2
1905 San Francisco 2
1907 Philadelphia 1
1908 Philadelphia 17
1909 Philadelphia 1
1910 Philadelphia 1
1913 Philadelphia 3
1913 Denver 1

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: One coin in Hackney Museum, the rest returned to original owner
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2007T365


Broad period: MODERN
Date from: Exactly AD 1854
Date to: Exactly AD 1913

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 80
Weight: 33.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 12th July 2007

Personal details

Recorded by: Mr Ian Richardson
Identified by: Dr Barrie Cook
Secondary identifier: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2007T365

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Hackney (London Borough)
To be known as: Hackney

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (From FLO)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
Discovery circumstances: While digging a frog pond in back garden
Current location: One coin in Hackney Museum, the rest returned to original owner
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PAS
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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