This glittering coin above was discovered close to Buckingham.
It is a Gold Half Angel from the reign of Richard III, final sovereign of the House of York and the British Monarch to die in battle.
This is a discovery of immense significance not only locally, but also beyond. The reasons for this are many.
Half Angels from Richard III's reign are rare. Only seven extant specimens are known , including our one, three of which are in overseas collections.
Further, the role of Buckingham, in particular that of 2nd Duke of Buckingham, Henry Stafford, is of major significance in the Wars of the Roses. The coin allows the museum to not only protect a discovery of such rarity but also to tell the story of Buckingham during a pivotal period of the 'history.
With generous help from the Art Fund, the V&A, and the Richard III Society, plus a multitude of donations from the public, both locally and internationally, Buckingham Old Gaol Museum Trust is delighted to confirm that the necessary funds to secure the coin were raised!
The coin will stay in Buckingham, and will be on display to the public, always.
Such has been the volume of interest and support that we are unable to list all individuals and businesses involved in this intense 8 week period of fundraising.
You know who you were and we shall remain immensely grateful.
Work has begun on how the museum will develop the story of the 2nd Duke of Buckingham's relationship with Richard III and his role in the War of the Roses.
We are deep in research mode and are reaching out to affiliated organisations to assist in enriching this important narrative.
Stay tuned for news and additional details in 2021.