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Lenborough is largest Anglo-Saxon hoard

Lenborough is largest Anglo-Saxon hoard

Anglo-Saxon Coin Hoard from Lenborough, Buckinghamshire

2014 Around 5200 Anglo-Saxon silver pennies, and two cut half pennies, of kings Æthelred II (r.978-1016) and Cnut (r.1016-35), found within a lead parcel. The hoard was discovered on a metal-detecting rally, and recovered under the guidance of the local Finds Liaison Officer. This important find will reveal a great deal about monetary circulation in late Anglo-Saxon England.

see the British Museum press release


A  pile of 697 coins from the hoard

Finder Paul Coleman said, ‘When I saw the first few coins I was really excited because I knew I had found a hoard, however the excitement grew and grew as the size and importance of the find became apparent. Ros Tyrrell, the FLO who was in charge of the excavation, was spot on when she said “now I know a little of what Egyptologist Howard Carter must have felt, when he first looked into the tomb of Tutankhamen.”’

A Cnut coin

A Cnut coin, Silver penny of Cnut, Short Cross type, moneyer Godman of London. Around 80% of the coins in the hoard are of this type, but from a wide variety of moneyers and mints.
© The Trustees of the British Museum.

Ethelred type 2

Æthelred  type 2 Silver penny of Æthelred  II, Last Small Cross type, moneyer Edwi of London.
© The Trustees of the British Museum.

One of the types of Ethelred II coins

Æthelred  type, Silver penny of Æthelred  II, Long Cross type, moneyerÆthelwine of Oxford © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Lenborough coin Agnus Dei

 Agnus Dei Silver penny of Æthelred  II, Agnus Dei/Last Small Cross mule, moneyerÆthelwineof Stamford. This coin design replaces the image of the king with the Lamb of God. This consciously religious image was part of a wider programme of try to make the English more ‘godly’, in the hope of winning divine intercession against the Vikings, who were sometimes seen as God’s punishment on the English for their lack of Christian piety.
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Images and text © The Trustees of the British Museum

Chair of Buckinghamshire County Museum Trustees Bob Sutcliffe, said “This is an incredible find for Buckinghamshire, and a unique opportunity for us to learn more about the origins of Buckinghamshire in Anglo-Saxon times. It would be fantastic to be able to show people that we have nationally important finds being discovered here. Someone in the now tiny village of Lenborough had stashed a massive amount of money, almost 1,000 years ago, and we want to know who, and why! “