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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 29, July 22, 2007, Article 24

VIKING TREASURE HOARD CONTAINS 600 COINS

David Sundman forwarded the following story:  "The most important
Viking treasure find in Britain for 150 years has been unearthed
by a father and son while metal detecting in Yorkshire. David and
Andrew Whelan uncovered the hoard, which dates back to the 10th
Century, in Harrogate in January.

"The pair kept their find intact and it was transferred to the
British Museum to be examined by experts, who said the discovery
was 'phenomenal'.

"The pair, from Leeds, said the hoard was worth about 750,000
as a conservative estimate.

"The hoard contains 617 silver coins and 65 other objects,
including a gold arm-ring and a gilt silver vessel.

"Dr Jonathan Williams, keeper of prehistory in Europe at the
British Museum, said: '[The cup] is beautifully decorated and
was made in France or Germany at around AD900.

"'It is fantastically rare - there are only a handful of others
known around the world. It will be stunning when it is fully
conserved.'

"The British Museum said the coins included several new or rare
types, which provide valuable new information about the history
of England in the early 10th Century, as well as Yorkshire's
wider cultural contacts in the period."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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