On November 8, 1774, miners searching for tin discovered a hoard of 114 Anglo-Saxon coins, along with a silver bowl and other gold and silver objects. The coins, mostly from Mercia and Wessex, indicate that the treasure was hidden, perhaps to protect it from Viking raiders, in about 868. The artifacts were originally collected by Philip Rushley, who published a subsequent report. Some were later dispersed, but most of the hoard was donated to the British Museum. Many of the artifacts were decorated with stylized niello. Animals, a feature of Anglo-Saxon art that has since come to be known as Truhiddle style decoration.