700-year-old Magna Carta to be displayed at the National Archives

Starting March 12, 2008, a handwritten copy of the Magna Carta will go on display at the West Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington DC.

A lawyer and investment executive purchased the document for US$20 million at a Sotheby's auction in December. The original Magna Carta was signed in 1215. This document is one of four remianing copies commissioned by the King of England in 1297.

The National Archives considers the manuscript "a milestone in constitutional thought" from the 13th century.


I could swear I saw a copy of the Magna Carta in the Archives last spring. In fact, I have a picture of it. Was this a different copy?

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Magna Carta in National Archives

Perhaps a traveling exhibit of a loaned copy? I know there was such an exhibit here in Ohio a couple of years ago.