Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Viking hoard results in charges

Two men have been charged relating to a Viking hoard of coins and silver worth almost £1m. The hoard was seized in raids on properties in County Durham and Lancashire in 2019. Roger Pilling, 73, and Craig Best, 44, denied conspiring to convert criminal property between September 2018 and May 2019. The haul contained silver ingots and coins of Alfred the Great of Wessex and Ceolwulf II of Mercia. King Alfred defeated the Vikings in AD 878, and experts believe the coins belong to an undeclared hoard consistent with the location of the Viking army at that time. When the coins were recovered they were described as a "nationally important hoard".