Trove of medieval coins

3 September 2013 until 15 November 2012

Sceatta on a finger topSceatta on a finger top
Trove of coinsTrove of coins
Kees Leenheer, one of the finders of the trove of coinsKees Leenheer, one of the finders of the trove of coins
Johan Koning, one of the finders of the trove of coinsJohan Koning, one of the finders of the trove of coins

The National Museum of Antiquities has purchased an exceptional trove of silver coins from the early Middle Ages. These seventy early medieval silver coins were found near Cothen, in the province of Utrecht, in 2011 and date from circa 730 AD. Starting on 3 September 2013, the coins will be on display for a few months in the main lobby of the museum.

  • On display behind the Egyptian temple, next to the museum café

One gram each

The discovery was made by two amateur archaeologists searching the clayey soil of a freshly cleared field. The coins weigh approximately one gram each. They include 61 Frisian sceattas of the ‘porcupine’ variety and 9 French denarii. In the Middle Ages, their total value would have roughly equalled the price of a cow, a lance, or a shield. The money was probably deliberately buried in a spot that was easy to remember. The site where the coins were found is about 150 metres from a road that came into use in Roman times.

Trove of coins to form centrepiece of Golden Middle Ages exhibition

The coins were purchased in late 2012 for the medieval collection of the National Museum of Antiquities, after examination in the GeldMuseum (Utrecht) and restoration by Archeoplan (Delft). In the summer of 2014, the coins will form the crowning element of the exhibition Golden Middle Ages about the Netherlands in Merovingian times (AD 400–700).