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Rare hoard of Saxon coinage discovered in a Warwickshire field




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A HOARD of Saxon coins was found in a field near Bidford over the weekend.

A total 25 of rare silver pennies were from the reign of Saxon king Burgred (852AD to 874 AD) were discovered in a dig organised by Go Detecting in a field in Bickmarsh.

A coin from the Bickmarsh hoard. Photo: Phil Hill via Facebook (58354093)
A coin from the Bickmarsh hoard. Photo: Phil Hill via Facebook (58354093)

Simon Hall, operations manager for Go Detecting, said: “This not something that happens every day. The emotions were extremely high as slowly but surely the coins kept popping up out of the ground.”

Burgred was an Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia from 852 to 874. In 853 he married Æthelswith, daughter of Æthelwulf, king of the West Saxons. He was driven out from his kingdom by the Vikings in 874 and died in Rome.

A coin in the mud from the Bickmarsh hoard. Photo: Phil Hill via Facebook (58354089)
A coin in the mud from the Bickmarsh hoard. Photo: Phil Hill via Facebook (58354089)

The scattered hoard took two days of detecting to recover.

All the coins are being recorded and documented by the finds liaison officers on Wednesday, 3rd August.



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