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Medieval treasure to be displayed to public for first time

The largest haul of medieval coins unearthed in modern-day Finland will go on display at the National Museum in Helsinki this spring.

Ulvilan rahakätkö
Ulvilan raha-aarre löytyi vuonna 2004 Ulvilan keskiaikaisesta kirkosta viemäröintitöiden yhteydessä. Rahat olivat nahkapussissa. Image: Jani Oravisjärvi / Kansallismuseo

The largest discovery of medieval money unearthed in modern Finland will be exhibited this spring at the National Museum of Finland.

The treasure was unearthed in the vestry of Ulvila Church in the south-western Satakunta region in 2004, along with other medieval artefacts.

The coins were likely hidden in the church during the 1390s, and originate predominantly from Sweden. There were also Norwegian and Livonian coins, and one from Hamburg among the haul.

Cultural sponsorship

The treasure has been conserved with the help of Suomen Moneta, a Finnish expert in collector coins and medals, which wants to act as a cultural sponsor in preserving Finnish history for future generations.

“Cultural sponsors do a lot of conversation work behind the scenes, which allows these unique artefacts to be preserved,” says Eero Ehanti, head of the conservation department at the National Museum.

Ulvila was one of the few towns that existed in Finland during the Middle Ages.

The coins will be on display from 20 February to the beginning of June at the National Museum in central Helsinki.

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