Brussels Hoard of 1908 to auction at Baldwins
An extraordinary cache of coins known as the Brussels Hoard will auction at Baldwin’s on September 27th, over 100 years after the secret stash was discovered.
The hoard was uncovered by a group of workmen demolishing an old tavern in Brussels in 1908 for the construction of the main railway line through the city. The whole comprised over 140,000 English, Scottish and Irish pennies and continental coins, including short cross coins, early prototype long cross coins, and long cross coins struck in the mid 1260s. The coins are thought to have been collected between 1265 and 1267, placed in a sealed container, and buried.
101 of the rarest Henry III pennies from the hoard will be offered by Baldwin’s in this initial sale. Bought by Albert Baldwin, the grandson of Baldwins’ founder, in 1909, his house was burgled and the coins stolen in 1950. Distributed along country footpaths as a result of the police chase, most of the coins were gathered up and returned to their owner. There may still be a few buried in the gardens of Orpington.
The 101 of these coins presented for sale are of the highest grades, and include fine examples of the Henry III penny and long cross type.
The auction is being held to coincide with the publication of the definitive study of the hoard, written by Ron Churchill and Bob Thomas. More of the collection is intended to be auctioned off in the near future, exciting a coin collecting community who have waited over 100 years for this opportunity to come to light.