There is a wonderful array of archaeological finds made by the public in Norfolk. In general, because of the sheer volume involved we are only able to record artefacts that are more than a nominal 300 years old. However, if an object has additional merit, for example through its cultural history then we will often try to make an exception.
This artefact unearthed recently in a field near Dereham is one such example. It’s a copper alloy token struck in 1788 to commemorate the jubilee of the so-called “Glorious Revolution” of 1688-1699 when James II was removed from the throne in favour of the Dutch William and Mary.
This was a pivotal time in British history with politics and religion dividing the kingdom into civil unrest. The Dutch invasion force of England assembled by William was four times the size of the Spanish Armada of 1588 and landed in Torbay, Devon on 5th November 1688. Apart from a skirmish near Reading the invasion was largely uncontested with James’s army and supporters defecting in the support of William, including his daughter Anne.