Man died with secret stash of rare Saxon coins worth £ 185,000 hidden in his trailer
A grieving family was stunned to discover a treasure trove of ancient coins worth nearly £ 200,000 hidden in their possessions after his death.
John Cross, 76, died with very few of his friends or family aware of the vast Saxon reservation.
The retiree has collected 80 astounding pieces in just 30 years, with a particular interest in memorabilia from the Anglo-Saxon era, early buildings and churches.
Its extensive collection included a commemorative Battle of Hastings coin, a 1,400-year-old gold shilling and a penny minted for the infamous Beowulf in 823.
While the hobbyist was silent about the money during his lifetime, experts called the late Mr. Cross’s snack “among the most important of its kind outside of any UK museum”.
The dosh was discovered in Mr. Cross’s trailer near Canterbury, Kent.
His executors are said to have found documents detailing the location of the hiding place while also appraising the rest of his property.
Each piece was appraised and auctioned on 3 rd October. The most valuable item in the collection was an incredibly rare gold Thrymsa shilling. The coin was minted between 640 and 660, originating in Northumbria or York. It sold for the exorbitant price of £ 17,500.
The Hastings Gold Shilling sold for just as breathtakingly £ 12,000. A silver penny minted between 757 and 796 for Cynethryth, Queen of the Mercians also sold for £ 7,500. In total, the collection amounted to over £ 185,000.
A spokesperson for Mr. Cross’s executors spoke in detail about his client’s hidden interest. “It seems that he was very interested in researching Anglo-Saxon and medieval history and that he had quietly amassed a large collection,” he said.
“He even held a certificate in archaeological excavations, for which he qualified in 2010 when he was in his sixties.”
The proceeds from the auction were distributed among Mr. Cross’s nonprofit groups of choice. The British Numismatic Society, an organization promoting the study of British coins and medals, benefited alongside the Friends of Kent Churches charity.