Forgotten Sandwich Magna Carta edition could be worth £10m

An incomplete edition of the Magna Carta which is also severely damaged, is being valued at up to £10 million. It was uncovered late last year after it lay forgotten in the archives of Kent County Council. The discovery of the charter was made by archivist, Dr Mark Bateson, in December.

A copy of the Magna Carta

A copy of the Magna Carta Image by Ken Lund / CC BY 2.0

The Magna Carta was drawn up in 1215 and it established the principle of the rule of law and protection of civil liberties. While the charter was kept in archives in Maidstone, it belongs to the seaside town of Sandwich, the London Independent reports. Verifying the authenticity of the document, Professor Nicholas Vincent, of the University of East Anglia, said the discovery was “a fantastic piece of news for Sandwich.”

The Sandwich document lends further credence that the Magna Carta document was more widely issued than had been thought. Currently, there are two dozen editions of document in known existence around the world. Professor Vincent estimated the value of the Sandwich edition at £10 million. However about a third of the document is missing and it is damaged.

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