Thursday, 4 November 2021

Norfolk treasure declared England’s biggest Anglo-Saxon coin hoard

131 gold coins unearthed by metal detectorists from a field in west Norfolk over 30 years have been declared the largest hoard of such items from the Anglo-Saxon period found in England. The coins, as well as four other gold objects dating to 1,400 years ago, were sporadically discovered between 1991 and 2020. Most of the objects were found by an anonymous detectorist who reported his finds to the authorities. 10 of the coins were found by David Cockle, a cop who was jailed for 16 months in 2017 for illegally trying to sell them. The coins are mostly Frankish tremisses and include nine gold solidi, a larger coin from the Byzantine empire worth three tremisses.
The discovery of the other objects, including a gold bracteate (a type of stamped pendant) and a small gold bar, suggests the coins should be seen as bullion, valued by weight rather than face value. The curator of early medieval coins at the British Museum called it a “hugely important find".
See ----->UK Cop who stole ancient gold coins jailed