Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish culture secretary, noted that the Galloway Hoard "is one of the most important collections ever discovered in Scotland," and "opens a window on a significant period in the history of Scotland," according to National Museums Scotland.
Following the discovery of the treasure, National Museums Scotland raised $2.5 million to acquire the treasures for the Scottish public.
It was nevertheless reported at the time that an agreement had been made to split the proceeds of the hoard between the church and McLennan, which was ultimately never honored.
Church trustees subsequently lodged legal action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against McLennan, claiming the church is entitled to an equal share of the proceeds.
The Scottish government announced $188,000 of funding in December 2018 in order to launch an exhibition of the hoard at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.