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Minister Deenihan Visits National Museum of Ireland to view Recent Coin Find

One of the most significant finds of 17th century gold coins ever found in Ireland has been lodged with the National Museum of Ireland. The hoard was unearthed on 14th January 2013 during ground works being undertaken at Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary . The find consists of eighty one gold coins dating to the reigns of Charles II, James II, William and Mary and William III.

The coins were viewed today (Wednesday 30th January, 2013) at the National Museum of Ireland by Jimmy Deenihan TD., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The coins have yet to be examined by the Museum in detail but they 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. It appears that the coins were concealed in soil under the floor-boards of a premises and they were spotted by one of the builders while carrying out works .

Minister Deenihan said "I commend the National Museum of Ireland for the role they are playing in examining and preserving these highly significant artefacts. The collection of the National Museum is nationally and internationally important, and is greatly enhanced by finds like this which open a fascinating window to our collective past."

Seamus Lynam Acting Director – “This is the one of the most significant finds of 17th gold coins ever found in Ireland and the National Museum is very thankful to the finders for reporting the find to the Garda Siochana who in turn arranged for their lodgement with the National Museum. I would also wish to thank Tipperary South Riding Museum, Clonmel, for their involvement “ .

The coins are reported to have been found “in a line together” and may have been wrapped and held together by some material in the past though this has not survived. The site has subsequently been investigated by archaeologists from the National Museum of Ireland and the National Monuments Service.

Further research is being conducted by the National Museum into the coins and their historical background.

Meet with and Photo opportunities of the coins :

Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D - Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Mr. Seamus Lynam – Acting Director – National Museum of Ireland

Mr. Ned Kelly– Keeper, Irish Antiquities, National Museum of Ireland

Notes to the Editor:

Photocall will take place within the Director’s office

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland is Free

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Maureen Gaule, Marketing Executive, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland

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Ann Daly, Head of Marketing, Marketing Department, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland

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