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Hartest, Suffolk: The Mystery Coins

If you look up as you sit in front of the fireplace in The Crown in Hartest, near Bury St Edmunds, you’ll see a series of 26 coins nailed on to the beams.

They were left there as the men of the village departed for war. Nobody is sure what the purpose was; some believe they were to be used for a soldier’s first pint on his return from the front line, others suggest it was a symbol of their lover’s constancy.

Kate Arkell’s been finding out how a group of local historians are trying to match the coins with the men whose stories they represent.

Location: The Crown, Hartest, Suffolk IP29 4DH
Image: The coins in The Crown

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