Gold coins discovery 'one of most significant ever'
Published 31/01/2013 | 05:00
THE treasure discovered under a Tipperary pub has been ranked as one of the most significant finds of 17th-Century gold coins ever in Ireland by the National Museum.
The hoard of 81 gold coins dating to the reigns of Charles II, James II, William and Mary and William III was viewed yesterday by Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan at the museum in Dublin.
The coins appear to be mainly guineas and a small number of half guineas.
The guinea was a British gold coin minted by the Royal Mint between 1663 and 1814.
The coins were in four denominations (a half, one, two, and five) and they were called 'guineas' because the gold used in making some of them came from west Africa.
They were concealed in soil under the floorboards of Cooney's pub on Main Street in Carrick-on-Suir.
Museum acting director Seamus Lynam said: "This is one of the most significant finds of 17th gold coins ever found in Ireland."
No comparable 17th-Century collection of gold coins has been found in Ireland since the discovery in Portarlington, Co Laois, around 1947, of a hoard that contained more than 100 gold coins.
Further research is being conducted into the coins, their historical background and value.
Mr Lynam said: "The National Museum is very thankful to the finders for reporting the find to the Garda Siochana, who in turn arranged for their lodgment with the National Museum."