23rd April 2002

 

HISTORY ENTHUSIAST COINING IT FOR SCHOOL

 

If you’ve always been confused by history the penny will drop this weekend when a Lincoln man will strike over 100 replica Norman coins to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

 

Andrew Marley, a senior agriculture lecturer at the University of Lincoln, will dress up in Norman garb and strike Norman silver pennies at Lincoln Castle on Saturday to raise funds for St Hugh’s Primary School.

 

After striking a gold coin for his son Liam (eight) - a pupil at St Hugh’s - and a silver coin for the school itself he will produce silver and pewter pennies for sale to friends, family and members of the public.

 

And he plans to donate the proceeds to St Hugh’s School funds as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations at the beginning of June.

 

“The coins I’ll be striking were in circulation when the Normans built Lincoln Castle between 1068 and 1072,” said Andrew, who is based at Risehome Park.

 

“They’ll be faithful copies of the original with one small difference - on my coins the moneyer’s name will be Liam so that collectors can’t pass them off as genuine.”

 

Andrew will be using the equipment of the Norman period to strike the coins in sterling silver (£5.50) or pewter (£2). The coins, which come with a certificate of issue and a short leaflet, will be available on Saturday or can be sent by post if pre-ordered.

 

“St Hugh’s School were looking to commemorate the Golden Jubilee and they wanted a unique memento rather than something from a souvenir shop,” said Andrew.

 

“Buying one of these coins represents a chance to help St Hugh’s School as well as to own a unique coin – a genuine Norman penny would set you back £300 to £400.”

 

To order a Norman penny contact Andrew on Lincoln 895325.

 

 

Andrew will be working  in front of the prison at Lincoln Castle from 10am until 4.30pm on Saturday 27th April 2002.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk