Rare Saxon coins could be heading to King’s Lynn Museum

Sceattas at the King's Lynn Museum ANL-150326-105513001
Sceattas at the King's Lynn Museum ANL-150326-105513001
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A hoard of Saxon coins which had been buried for centuries could be making their way to Lynn Museum.

Curators at the Market Street museum are interested in buying the eight coins which were found in Fincham last year.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake declared the silver coins, which were found by Stephen Sproule on August 30 last year, as treasure during a hearing on Monday last week.

Museum curator Oliver Bone said the Sceatta coins would be an exciting exhibit in the museum.

He said: “We are very interested because it is a very rare and unusual to have these little coins dating from the middle Saxon period.

“They are very interesting in terms of coin history.

“They are the first coins to be brought back into use after the early Saxon period.

“They are very tiny and very interesting with a stylised pattern on. They have no monarch’s face on.”

Their name derives from Old English sceatt meaning ‘wealth, money, coin’, which has been applied to these coins since the 17th century.

This hoard is believed to be related to another collection of 12 sceattas which were found in the Downham area by a metal detectorist last year.

These coins are now on display in Lynn Museum.

They were bought with the help of the Friends of the Museum.

The cost of this purchase, running into several hundred pounds, was met half by the Friends and half by a grant given by the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Mr Bone said it was a mystery why the coins were buried in the first place.

He said: “It is always hard to know. They could have been lost

“But we know some hoards were buried deliberately to be some sort of offering to the gods or something like that.