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Rare 2000 year-old coins go missing from Fareham’s Westbury Manor Museum

Rare 2000 year-old coins go missing from Fareham’s Westbury Manor Museum

By TinaGarner

Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 12:00

A collection of rare coins, have been taken from Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham, near Locks Heath on Thursday 29 April.

Tudor coin stolen from Fareham’s Westbury Manor Museum

The missing coins include two gold 2000 year old Iron Age Cheriton type’ staters around the size of a one-pound coin with a Celtic pattern on them. Also missing are 19 silver Tudor coins dating back 450 years. Two of these show Philip of Spain and Mary Tudor and the rest have images of Elizabeth I on them. The Tudor coins vary in size from a two pence piece to a 10 pence piece.

Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Margaret Snaith-Tempia, says: “The coins belonged to Hampshire County Councils Museum Service and we are devastated that they have been stolen. It is a great loss to the local community and I would urge that they are returned safely. We are also reviewing the security at the museum to make sure this does not happen again.”

PC Faye Bell from Hampshire Constabulary said: “We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding how these coins went missing from the display cabinet they were in, and we are very keen to hear from anyone who has information about who took them. Additionally, anyone who knows the whereabouts of the coins now should also get in touch.

If you have any information on this please contact Fareham police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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