Norwich Castle is widely recognised as having the single most important collection of Anglo-Saxon archaeology in the East of England.
Penny of King Aethelred of East Anglia by Unknown Artist, c. 869880
© Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
- Diameter: 2.1 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,500 ( Total: £6,000)
- Acquired in:
- S Clarkson
This is the first coin of King Aethelred's reign to be acquired by Norwich Castle. The coin was probably struck in either Ipswich or Thetford. The museum aims to display the coin in a case examining the Viking presence in East Anglia. The Vikings are a difficult theme to explore in museum displays in East Anglia because so few objects with direct Scandinavian links have survived.
Found by a metal detectorist in 2010.
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