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Old King Coen’s Very Old Gold.  Image: British Museum.Old King Coen’s Very Old Gold
- British Museum lands Saxon coin for UKP360,000

EXCHANGE rates are there to confuse us, but even so UKP360,000 for one coin seems a bit beyond the realms of fair barter.

However, the coin in question is one of only eight gold coins discovered that date back to mid-Saxon times. Its rarity meant it was deemed worthy of the price when sold to the British Museum, which will display the artefact from tomorrow.

“The Coenwulf gold coin is tremendously significant as a new source of information on Anglo-Saxon kingship in the early ninth century,” said Gareth Williams of the British Museum.

From 796-821, King Coenwulf ruled the Saxon kingdom of Mercia, which was the biggest nation on this island of its time, taking in most of modern England north of the Thames.








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