NMS-88D191: Early Medieval coin : penny of Edward the Elder

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Rights Holder: Norfolk County Council
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Unique ID: NMS-88D191

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Three silver pennies of Edward the Elder, all East Anglian Portrait types with blundered reverse legends, North 651, AD899-924. Two of the coins were found very close together, the third a little way away. There is no doubt that the three coins represent part of a hoard concealed c.925. This is strikingly close in date to the large hoard of Morley St Peter now in the Castle Museum, Norwich and it must surely be the case that the two hoards are connected. Quite probably the same event, most likely a Viking rebellion in the newly reconquered Danelaw after Edward's death, was responsible for the burial of both hoards.

The area of the hoard's concealment was almost certainly the site of an Anglo-Saxon settlement in the tenth century and so the coins would presumably have been hidden close to their owner's home. Given the presence of two of the coins so close to a road, roadbuilding may well have been responsible for the dispersal of the hoard. Quite possibly the original container was discovered at that time and its contents shared out by the roadworkers.

+EADVVEARD R, Diademed bust left, reverse WEIOL/ +++/ WCEIO, die axis 2, weight 1.36g

+EADVVEAD REX, Diademed bust left, reverse H[A?]DRI/ +++/ NRIOI (N retrograde and R upside down), die axis 3, weight 1.33g

+EADVVEA RE, Diademed bust left, reverse NEIOCR/ +++/ NEICIO, die axis 12, weight 1.42g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T769


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 899
Date to: Exactly AD 924

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 24th February 2014 - Friday 7th March 2014

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 60596
Other reference: E19350
Treasure case number: 2014T769

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: QUIDENHAM

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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