Lecturer Jamie Pringle has unearthed a medieval coin under his raspberry patch after doing a spot of weeding during lockdown.

He was trying to stave off boredom when he headed into the back garden of his three-bedroom semi in Hartshill.

Within minutes, the Keele University geoscientist was amazed to have dug up a silver groat, which is thought to be more than 660 years old.

As there was only a single coin, it can’t be declared treasure, but Jamie has had the find examined by experts and dated to King Edward III’s reign in the 14th century.

The 46-year-old said: “It just looked like a piece of metal at first. It was right by the raspberries. I was a bit surprised.

“I scanned it and sent it to Stoke-on-Trent’s archaeology service.”

The coin – which looks like a bite has been taken out of it – is the first of its kind to be discovered in Stoke-on-Trent. Across Staffordshire as a whole, only 20 such finds from the period have been officially recorded.

Jamie’s specialism in forensic geophysics means he’s more used to searching for missing people, doing graveyard surveys or other fieldwork.

The coin – which looks like a bite has been taken out of it – is the first of its kind to be discovered in Stoke-on-Trent. Across Staffordshire as a whole, only 20 such finds from the period have been officially recorded.

Jamie’s specialism in forensic geophysics means he’s more used to searching for missing people, doing graveyard surveys or other fieldwork.

A few years ago, he was also part of a team that mapped out a Black Death mass burial site in central London.

But while living through our modern-day pandemic, he never expected to find something medieval lying beneath the surface of his own garden.

“The coin is wafer thin. It’s a half-mill thick,” he said. “The bit of it that is missing might have been given as part-payment for something.

“You can see three little circles on it, which means it was minted in London.”

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the coin, which was discovered on April 3, has been recorded remotely rather than in person.

Victoria Allnatt, Staffordshire and West Midlands finds liaison officer, said it is from the Pre-Treaty period of Edward III’s reign. That means it’s likely to have been minted in 1352 or 1353.

“It is now one of 20 such groats dating to this specific period of Edward III’s reign, discovered from across Staffordshire and recorded on www.finds.org.uk.”

Jamie is now considering donating it to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Although it’s not likely to be worth much in monetary terms, it’s of interest historically.

“I’m tempted to keep digging to see if I find anything else,” he added.

The silver groat is thought to date back to the mid-14th century. It was discovered by Jamie Pringle in his back garden

The silver groat is thought to date back to the mid-14th century. It was discovered by Jamie Pringle in his back garden
The raspberry patch where Jamie Pringle was weeding when he made the discovery

A 300-year-old hidden stash of silver coins in a pottery jug has been found by workmen hired to replace a church’s rotten floorboards.

The cache of treasure is thought to have been hidden during a time of civil war by a blind Polish priest over 300 years ago.

While ancient hoards of coins are found from time to time – it’s very unusual to be able to work out exactly who hid the treasure and why.

The discovery was made while work was being carried out on the Church of the Rosary of Our Lady in the village of Obisovce which is near Kosice in Slovakia.

By looking at church records and the information on the coins themselves the team from the Triglav Archaeological Society appear to have stumbled on the story of what happened.

The coins date back to the early 1700s and most appear to have been left as donations by visitors from nearby towns.

The church was reportedly popular with pilgrims during a period of an anti-Habsburg revolt that started in the 1680s, known as the Thokoly uprising.

It was mainly centred around Hungarian refugees from the Ottoman territories that had settled in the region.

The rebellion was put down by 1687 and historical records show that sometime between 1685 and 1687, the parish was taken over by a Polish priest who was blind in one eye, and who in the 1690s went blind completely.

He was reportedly a popular priest and many pilgrims journeyed to the church leaving behind money that, it is believed, the priest hid under a stone slab in the floor of the church.

But the period of peace after the rebellion was put down was shattered when there was another anti-Hapsburg revolt, this time involving Hungarian nobles and peasants.

It is believed that the rebels plundered the church, seizing everything of value and leaving the building a ruin.

The priest survived the attack but the church was not immediately rebuilt, and for unknown reasons he was expelled to Poland.

It is unclear why he did not retrieve the treasure or tell anyone else about the hoard of coins hidden under the floor.

The church, which was plundered in 1705, was left derelict for three years before later being renovated and restored.

The archaeological team said the discovery was made while builders were removing the floorboards in the village of just over 300 people during renovation work.

They realised that the foundations of a previous church had been uncovered, and the archaeological team were called in to excavate the find.

They located a stone slab not far from the western entrance of the church, and when they removed it, they found a hidden chamber underneath which contained the pottery jug filled with silver coins.

It’s said that in total there were 500 coins, all of which had been separately wrapped in what was once linen cloth, and which had disintegrated over time.

After being rebuilt, the church was demolished again in the middle of the 19th century when it was replaced by the current, modern building which was being renovated when the old foundations were discovered.

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Commemorative coins are to be minted and placed into circulation to mark the Asian Cup being held in the UAE.

The Central Bank of the UAE has minted 1,000 silver coins, which are worth 50 dirhams each, as part of the footballing festivities.

They have been handed to the football tournament’s organising committee, with the back depicting the Asian Cup logo.

A collection of one dirham coins have also been created, which will be placed into general circulation. One side depicts Mansour and Jarrah, the tournament’s official mascots.

The Asian Cup is currently being hosted in the UAE, with 24 teams aiming to be crowned champions of the continent.


The special one dirham coin

The host nation kicked off their bid for glory with a 1-1 draw with Middle East neighbours Bahrain on Saturday.

The tournament has already thrown up its fair share of surprises, with defending champions Australia losing their opening clash with Jordan and outsiders India thrashing Thailand 4-1.

The UAE are next in action on Thursday, when they take on the surprise package Indian side in Abu Dhabi.

Asian Cup passport stamps have also been rolled out to mark the tournament, which runs until February 1 and is being held across the Emirates.

Previously, the UAE has minted coins to mark special occasions such as the Chess Olympiad in Dubai in 1986 and the country’s qualification for the Italia’ 90 football World Cup.


Ceremonial first strikes of both versions of the Proof 2019-P Apollo 11 50th Anniversary silver dollar were executed Dec. 13 at the Philadelphia Mint.

More than a dozen dignitaries and invited guests were accorded the opportunity to strike examples of the standard silver dollar that were placed into envelopes after striking. Those who struck the coins will be able to purchase the examples they struck when sales for the commemorative coin program open at noon E.T. Jan. 24.

Among those in attendance were offspring of the three Apollo 11 astronauts — Buzz Aldrin’s son, Andy; Neil Armstrong’s son Mark; and Michael Collins’ daughter, Ann. The three joined U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder in also striking examples of the 3-inch 5-ounce silver dollars.

Both silver dollars are the first of their kind in the traditional U.S. commemorative coin program. The 5-ounce silver dollar is the first of that denomination and the 1.5-inch silver dollar is the first struck on a .999 fine silver planchet instead of a .900 fine silver planchet.

The 3-inch silver dollar is limited to a maximum release of 100,000 coins while the 1.5 inch coin is limited to a combined maximum mintage in Proof and Uncirculated versions of 400,000 coins.

Ryder said pricing has not been determined for the Proof 5-ounce silver dollar but expected it will likely be on the upside of $200.

The copper-nickel clad half dollar is limited to 750,000 Proof and Uncirculated coins combined and the gold $5 half eagle is limited to 50,000 coins.

All of the coins are being struck with a concave obverse and convex reverse. The obverse, designed by Maine artist Gary Cooper as winner of an open design competition, was sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph F. Menna. The reverse design, mandated under Public Law 114-282, was sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

The obverse features as its central device a footprint on the lunar surface. The reverse features a representation of a close-up version of the famous Buzz Aldrin on the moon photograph taken July 20, 1969, that shows just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Aldrin. The reflection in Aldrin’s helmet includes Neil Armstrong, the United States flag and the lunar module.

Ron Harrigal, manager of the U.S. Mint’s design and engraving division, said die preparation proved a challenge to execute the curved features. The Mint started with the 3-inch coin first then adapted the findings to the smaller diameter coins.

Harrigal said each of the obverse and reverse dies were engraved individually on CNC cutting machinery and hand-finished, in essence making master dies into working dies, eliminating any hubbing.

Ryder predicted a program sellout, which if achieved, would generate surcharges of $14 million for the three designated beneficiaries — 50 percent to the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum Destination Moon exhibit, 25 percent to the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and 25 percent to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.


Coins found near Ribe in Jutland in August have proved to be part of a collection of 252 pieces of Viking silver.

The discovery of the first coins led to an archaeological investigation of the area, resulting in the coins now being in the hands of the Museum of Southwest Jutland, DR Syd reports.

The ninth-century coins are extremely rare, according to experts, with only 11 such coins previously found anywhere in the world.

“Coins of this type are ridiculously rare. The ones that have been found are very well-preserved. More than we normally see with this period,” Museum of Southwest Jutland curator Claus Feveile told Ritzau.

The August discovery was made by a man with a metal detector walking in a wetland area.

After the first 16-18 coins had been turned up, the man contacted Museum of Southwest Jutland, where experts could immediately see a special find had been made.

“That on its own was a treasure – it was more than the total number of coins we already knew of,” Feveile said.

“So we were aware that this was big. It has turned out to be even bigger,” he added.

The wet conditions in which the coins were buried helped to preserve the metal, enabling archaeologists to study markings and learn more about the Viking rulers of the time.

Feveile said that the coins were used for trade at Ribe’s market.

“Not that it should be imagined that everyone was walking around with coins like these in their pockets. If that was the case, we’d have found them in many other places too,” he said.

The coins will be displayed for a limited period at the Ribe’s Vikings Museum before being transferred to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.