Myddle Coin Hoard

Contributed by Shrewsbury Museum

This is the only coin hoard of this type in the UK and suggests links between Myddle in Shropshire and the Black Prince. This hoard of four gold coins was found by a metal detectorist in 2007. It is the second such find in the locality and is therefore, likely to be part of the hoard found in 2005. The first hoard was purchased by the British Museum and the subsequent find was purchased by Shropshire Museum Service. These gold coins were originally produced in Spain. Gold coins of the 14th century are not frequent finds, indeed no other gold from Castile or any of the Spanish kingdoms is known for this period in Britain. However, there is a good explanation for the presence of coins of Pedro I in England, since the sons of King Edward III were heavily involved in Castilian politics. In 1367 Edward III's eldest son, the Black Prince, led an army which restored Pedro I to power in Castile. The coins found at Myddle could well have been the possession of a follower of the Black Prince who returned from the successful 1367 campaign.

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