Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the only original Magna Carta on display in the United States will have a new $322,800 state-of-the-art encasement and will be featured in a new exhibition gallery at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The 1297 Magna Carta is on loan to the National Archives from David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group.

Mr. Rubenstein purchased the Magna Carta at Sotheby's Auction House in New York in December, 2008, with the intent of ensuring that this original charter would be available to all Americans. The Magna Carta, which is written in Latin on parchment is on display in the National Archives West Rotunda Gallery, was encased more than 25 years ago by Dr. Nathan Stolow.

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