Museum bids to keep £1.35m Viking coin hoard in Oxfordshire ‘where it belongs’

Started by gash, November 02, 2016, 10:24:00 pm

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A £70,000 appeal has been launched by Oxford's Ashmolean Museum's to save a hoard of Saxon coins for the nation.

Former marketing executive James Mather discovered the coins in a farmer's field in Watlington last October after first finding a couple of ring pulls from drinks cans.

Now the museum wants the public to raise the cash to keep the historic coins in Oxfordshire.

The hoard of about 200 silver coins, seven items of jewellery and 15 silver ingots date back to the ninth century, including many coins of Alfred the Great, who was born in Wantage and King of Wessex from 874 to 879.

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