Museum launches fund-raising campaign to secure rare Saxon coin from East Grafton, near Bedwyn, Wiltshire
Wednesday, 11 November, 2015
The Museum has launched a fund-raising appeal to secure a rare Saxon Gold coin found at East Grafton, a village between Burbage and Great Bedwyn. The coin was struck in modern-day France between about AD655 and AD 675. The coin is being auctioned in early December with an estimate of up to £12,000.
The coin dates to the time of the beginnings of Christianity in Wiltshire and just after the burial of King Raedwald at Sutton Hoo and many of the objects found in the Staffordshire hoard.
This remarkable find brings new light to the vale of Pewsey in the Saxon period. East Grafton was part of the parish of Bedwyn until medieval times.
There are a number of pagan Saxon cemeteries nearby and there was an early Saxon Royal manor at the Iron Age hill fort at Chisbury, just to the north of Great Bedwyn. Later in the Saxon period, the focus moved to Great Bedwyn where there was a Royal Manor and an important Minster church. Bedwyn was held by King Alfred and it also had a Saxon mint in the time of King Edward the Confessor soon after 1,000 AD. Bedwyn was very important and it was only with the building of its Norman castle that the focus moved to Marlborough.
We are launching a fundraising campaign to secure this important find for the Museum. We will be seeking grant aid but still need your help. Please donate using the Paypal button below or by sending a cheque made payable to 'WANHS Ltd' and sending it to the Museum.
We are hoping that we will be able to secure this important find for the Museum. However, if we are unsuccessful or raise more funding than we need then we would like to be able to use your donation to either help with the costs of putting this important find on display or to hep to purchase other important objects for the Museum collections. Please let us know if you would pefer us to return your donation to you if we are not successful in the auction.
We are very grateful for your support.
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