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16.01.2021

Ashdon Hoard

Ashdon Hoard is a hoard from the Viking era of coins. It was found in the parish of Ashdon and dates from around 895, the last evidence of a bullion economy in East Anglia. The treasure consists of 71 silver pennies, including 29 pennies of Alfred the Great, 5 pennies of Guthrum, 1 penny of Guthred, 3 pennies of Charles the Bald, 1 penny of Odo France, and 32 pennies of uncertain mint. The treasure is one of the earliest archaeological examples of pecking and evidence that Carolingian coins were pecked in England. At least one of the Carolingian coins in the hoard is an Anglo-Scandinavian imitation. The treasure contains a single specimen coin minted for Guthred.

The treasure was discovered by metal detector Bob Spall in Ashdon Parish near the hamlet of Steventon End. He returned to the site 16 times between March and October 1984, discovering several coin fragments in the dirt in the woods known as Home Forest. Twelve coins were recovered intact and the rest were reconstructed from 102 metal fragments. The coins are now part of the Fitzwilliam Museum collection, with the exception of four coins at the British Museum and two at the Saffron Walden Museum.

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