Ancient valuables to go under the hammer

MONEY and gold worth thousands will be going under the hammer on Sunday. A number of ancient pale gold coins called 'The Shrubland Thrymas' and valued at £21,500 will be among the lots.

MONEY and gold worth thousands will be going under the hammer on Sunday.

A number of ancient pale gold coins called 'The Shrubland Thrymas' and valued at £21,500 will be among the lots.

Chris Elmy, of Lockdales auctioneers, said: “The Shrubland Thrymas was found by David Cummings, chairman of the Ipswich and District Metal-Detector Club, between 1988 to 2003, on Ladycroft Field,

Shrubland Hall, at Coddenham.”


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Several of the coins were on display for some time at the Ipswich Museum and all have been declared and provenanced through the proper channels such as the British Museum.

He added: “These pale gold coins date from between 600 to 700 AD. There are seven pieces in all, four of which are Anglo-Saxon, the others continental of the Merovingian Franks.

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“These are the most historically important East Anglian coins found in recent years. All coins of this type are extremely rare, with only a few known of each of a handful of different types.”

There are two rare provincial banknotes also due to be sold.

Mr Elmy said: “They were found used as bookmarks inside an old book that was bought at a car boot sale for 50 pence. One is a Bank of Diss £5 note dated 1870, and has an estimate of £300. The other, Lot 1091, is a Bank of Norwich & Swaffham £1 note dated 1825, and has an estimate of £200. They are both very rare and highly collectable even in this condition. Not bad for 50p.”

The auction takes place on September 25 at the Novotel, in Greyfriars Road, Ipswich. The sale begins

at 12.00pm with viewing from 10am to 1pm. Anyone who would like anymore information should telephone Chris at Lockdales' Ipswich offices on 01473 218588 for more information.

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