Friday, March 24, 2017

The Treasure of Gourdon

The coins date from the reigns of Byzantine emperors Leo I (457–474) through that of Justin I (518–527).
The Treasure of Gourdon was unearthed near Gourdon, SaƓne-et-Loire, France in 1845. It is believed the hoard was hidden soon after 524. When it was found, the hoard comprised a chalice and a rectangular paten, together with about a hundred gold coins.

In the sixth century Gourdon was the site of a monastery. The treasure may have been hastily buried in anticipation of a raid. A shepherd girl, Louise Forest, discovered it below a Roman tile engraved with a cross. The treasure was sold at auction in Paris in 1846 with the paten and chalice acquired by the state.