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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 17, April 23, 2006, Article 31

NEW NORTHUMBRIAN COIN FIND

Arthur Shippee forwarded the following story from
The Explorator newsletter:

"A hoard of 131 Anglo-Saxon coins and fragments were discovered
by two metal detecting friends in a field near Bamburgh in April
2004. Michael Jones and Brian Henderson found 76 and 55 coins
respectively, which date from the 9th century Kingdom of
Northumbria when Bamburgh was the seat of power.

The finds were made in the same field where 253 base silver,
copper, and bronze coins, of a similar age were discovered by
members of the Ashington and Bedlington Metal Detector Club
in 1999."

Those coins are now at the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle
and North Northumberland coroner Ian McCreath, at a treasure
trove inquest in Berwick, recommended the new finds should
be displayed with the earlier finds.  However, for the time
being they have been deemed treasure and handed over permanently
to the British Museum in London."

"The Bamburgh discoveries have given historians a new insight
into the later days of Northumbria, which had been the strongest
and most cultured of the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms that had
made up 7th century England."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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