'A Small Group of Coins from Croagh Patrick' by Alan Dunlop, Member NSI-NB
Coin finds in Ireland are ubiquitous and medieval hammered coins have been found in fields, rivers, ruins of ancient abbeys, graveyards and even on top of the prehistoric mounds. In the medieval times, he coin currency was mainly associated with Anglo-Norman and English administration and the coins had less circulation and were more subjected to debasement in the areas controlled and populated by the native Irish. It has therefore been quite surprising to learn recently about a find of English hammered coins on the slope of one of the holiest mountains in Ireland - Croagh Patrick. This short article sheds light on the circumstances of their discovery and provides relevant historical accounts aimed to support a meaningful interpretation of who, when and why left the coins on the old pilgrim way. Read the full article here..