‘Help us buy Civil War coins haul for Yorkshire museum’

HIDDEN TREASURE: The ring dug up in a High Ackworth garden.
HIDDEN TREASURE: The ring dug up in a High Ackworth garden.
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A campaign has been launched to ensure a spectacular hoard of Civil War coins goes on display at Pontefract Museum.

Owen Johnson, 53, discovered just under 600 gold and silver coins in a ceramic pot – made in Wrenthorpe – while digging in his garden at High Ackworth in July 2011.

The coins could have been stashed underground between 1645 and 1646 by a Royalist who feared it would be looted by Roundhead troops, at around the same time as the siege of nearby Pontefract Castle.

Also discovered was a gold ring bearing the inscription “When this you see, remember me”.

At Wakefield Coroner’s Court in March this year an inquest ruled the find belongs to the state.

Now Wakefield Council chiefs are appealing to the public to help raise £49,000 of the £54,500 needed to buy The Ackworth Hoard for future display at Pontefract Museum.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “These items are a real part of this district’s rich history. We need to do all we can to try and keep the treasure in the district for future generations to enjoy. Every donation however big or small will help save the items for Yorkshire.”

To make a donation in person, ask for a donation envelope at Pontefract Museum, Pontefract Castle, Sandal Castle, Wakefield Tourist Information Centre or any Wakefield district library from October 22.

Or to make a donation by post, send a cheque made payable to: Wakefield Council, The Ackworth Hoard, Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA.

For more information, visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/AckworthHoard

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