Viking coin haul 'of historical significance'

Started by gash, June 04, 2019, 10:43:39 pm

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Viking coins estimated to be worth at least £500,000 and "of major historical significance" have been recovered by police.

The large number of coins and silver ingot were seized from properties in County Durham and Lancashire.

Durham Police said "a number of people have been arrested" on suspicion of dealing in culturally tainted objects.

It declined to confirm how many people were arrested or how they allegedly came to be in possession of the items.

The haul contains coins of Alfred the Great of Wessex and his less well-known contemporary Ceolwulf II of Mercia.

King Alfred inflicted a defeat on the Vikings in AD 878, and experts believe the coins belong to an undeclared hoard consistent with the location of the Viking army at that time.

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