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Silver penny of Henry III
DERSB : 1979.1743
Silver short cross penny of Henry III, 1216-1247, found at Crowdecote.
This coin was originally in the collections of local antiquarian, Micah Salt, whose activities and collections were recorded in a series of publications by W Turner, who wrote in 1903, "At Crowdicote, near Hartington, there are remains of foundations of an old castle. A passage like a cave had been made under them. In it were found, about twenty years ago, a number of relics ... The cottages near the spot are partly built of sandstone, evidently from the ruins."
Micah Salt (1847-1915) was a tailor in Buxton who had a great interest in archaeology. This was usually a hobby of the elite and he was described, rather condescendingly, in a contemporary journal as "an intelligent tradesman". Salt excavated many lows (burial mounds) around Buxton, and acquired finds from local farmers and landowners. His findings were collated by W Turner and published in 1899 as Ancient Remains near Buxton: The Archaeological Explorations of Micah Salt. This book records many of the first objects that were given to the museum.
- Description: width mm; length mm; depth mm; diameter 18mm
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)