LEIC-C6D945: Thurcaston Viking mixed coin hoard

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Unique ID: LEIC-C6D945

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A total of 12 coins, consisting of Viking, Saxon and Arabic issues, found between 1992 and 2000. Only 3 were found together and considered Treasure, the others were single finds. When viewed together the coins obviously constituted an important mixed coin hoard, the most southerly yet found, deposited around 923-925.

"Their presence shows that a bullion economy still operated in some sections of society in the Danelaw as late as the 920's. What is still more significant is that this hoard should have been deposited so close to Leicester, five or more years after control of the town had, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (s.a. 918), passed to the Mercians under Aethelflaed. This hoard prompts us to question how effective the conquest of the Danelaw was, and to what extent Anglo-Scandinavian culture and practices remained?"

Dr Mark Blackburn (ref below).

3 silver pennies of the Vikings, processed as Treasure:

Sihtric Caoch (921-7)

3, 4. (2) sword/cross type with blundered legends, cf. North 535, 2 (3=1.06g, chipped and 4= 0.89g)

Vikings of Northumbria

6. Sword St Peter coinage (921-7), sword/cross type (North 555), 1 (1.03g, chipped)

Coins found individually.

Sihtric Caoch (921-7)

Nos 1, 2, 5, (3) sword/cross type with blundered legends, cf. North 535, (1=1.15g bent, 2=0.20g fragment, 5=0.51g, fragment)

Vikings of Northumbria

7. Sword St Peter coinage (921-7), sword/cross type (North 555), 1 (1.03g, chipped)

Edward the Elder (899-924),

8. Horizontal type (HC 1E), moneyer Beornwold, Wallingford mint (?), 1 (1.35g, chipped);

9. Horizontal type, moneyer Gareard, London mint (?), 1 (1.35g, chipped);

10. Horizontal type (HT 1?), moneyer Osbearn, Late I (S), West Mercian style, 1 (0.86g, fragment)


11. fragment of silver dirhem, Ahmed Ibn Ishmail (907-14) or Nasr ibn Ahmad (914-32), with the name of Caliph al-Muqtadir (908-32), Samarqand mint, date off flan but about 913-915 (0.84g fragment).

12. fragment of a silver dirhem, Nasr ibn Ahmad (914-32), with the name of Caliph al-Muqtadir (908-32), Samarqand mint, about 915/16, 1 (0.51g, fragment).

Dr Mark Blackburn, 'A Viking coin hoard from Thurcaston, Leics. Preliminary report', 349-352, plate 54. in 'Coin hoards 2001' in The Numismatic Chronicle, 161, 2001.


For further discussion of the hoard see Dr Blackburn's presidential address

'Currency under the Vikings. Part 2: The Two Scandinavian Kingdoms of the Danelaw, c. 895-954', British Numismatic Journal 66 (2006). Also reprinted in his last book 'Viking coinage and currency in the British Isles', British Numismatic Society, 2011.

Image of the full hoard courtesy of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 1999T327


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Viking
Date from: Circa AD 923
Date to: Circa AD 925

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 12

Personal details

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Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Dr. Mark Blackburn

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 51SE.CY
Treasure case number: 1999T327

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Charnwood (District)
To be known as: Thurcaston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: found between 1992 and 2000
Current location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

References cited

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