Friday, 20 January 2017

The Vale of York Hoard

The Vale of York Hoard is a 10th-century Viking hoard of 617 silver coins and 65 other items. It was found undisturbed in 2007 near the town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. It is the largest Viking hoard discovered in Britain since 1840.

The items were hidden in a gilt silver vessel lined with gold which is thought to be an ecclesiastical vessel from France. The vessel was buried in a lead chest. A rare gold arm ring and hacksilver were also found.
The hoard had been protected by lead sheeting of some kind. The coins date from the late 9th and early 10th centuries. It's speculated the hoard belonged to a Viking leader during the unrest that followed the conquest of the Viking kingdom of Northumbria in the year 927 by the Anglo-Saxon king Athelstan (924–939).
The independent Treasure Valuation Committee valued the hoard at £1,082,000.

The hoard was purchased jointly by York Museums Trust, and the British Museum