Inquests find medieval and Bronze Age relics found by metal detectors in West Norfolk are treasure

Sceattas HoardA hoard of 12 silver coins has been declared treasure, meaning their finder can keep them, at a coroner’s inquest today.

The coins were found by Stephen Sproule whilst he was metal detecting on land at Fincham, near Downham Market, in October 2011.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake said the small silver coins were known as Sceattas and represented the first type of penny, which were minted from 675AD until the middle of the 8th Century.

“They were scattered over a wide area but would appear to represent a hoard or part of a hoard, rather than stray losses over time” she said.

“These coins are in good condition and had not been in circulation long when deposited.”

Mrs Lake, sitting at King’s Lynn County Court, said two or more silver coins which were more than 300 years old and lost or buried together constituted treasure. Lynn Museum had expressed an interest in acquiring the coins, the court was told.

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