A small museum in the U.K. needs help saving a group of ancient coins with local significance. - - - UPDATE!! The Friends of the Stroud Museum have now raised sufficient funds to purchase the coins cited in this article. To be able to respond to similar appeals, the ACCG has established a Museum Fund. See related article under "News".
As collectors and dealers we all benefit from the sensible laws in England governing coin finds and we support the voluntary reporting of metal detector finds.
In 2004, nine fourth century silver coins were found by a detectorist at Nailsworth, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The coins are currently in a temporary display at the Stroud Museum in the Park, which will close on April 26th.
The museum has launched an appeal to be able to buy the coins, which have been valued at £450. The museum has an annual budget of only about £100 for the purchase of all finds! Most private collectors could hardly imagine such a small amount to devote to their collection each year, so it is understandable why this museum has to rely on donations and voluntary help in order to survive.
We can be sure that the coins will be put on display and the local people will enjoy seeing them in the years to come. With the large national museums, such a find would undoubtedly be stored away from view and perhaps never seen again.
This is an ideal opportunity for us to support these laws and the good practice of voluntary reporting by giving something back.
You can read the news report here:
The details of the temporary exhibition are here: