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Staffordshire Hoard display in Stoke-on-Trent closes

Prince Charles and Camilla inspect the Staffordshire Hoard gold at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Royal visitors inspected the Staffordshire Hoard last month

A temporary public display of the Staffordshire Hoard has now closed.

A selection of 118 gold items have been on display at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent for the past three weeks.

The Museum said it had welcomed its 50,000th visitor to see the treasure on its final day of exhibition on Sunday.

About 40,000 visitors saw the hoard displayed at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in September, and both cities want to buy the hoard for the region.

The treasure was found in a field in Staffordshire by metal detecting enthusiast Terry Herbert in July 2009.

Campaigners need to raise £3.3m to make sure the hoard remains on public display in the West Midlands to prevent it being bought by private collectors.

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