Coin could be a clue to Anglo-Saxon murder

May 25, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: EastBourne Herald. May 23rd, 2014 (

A unique Anglo-Saxon silver penny which provides a clue to the murder of an East Anglian king by a neighbouring monarch has been found in a Sussex field by an Eastbourne metal detectorist.


The 1,200 year-old coin minted during the reign of Æthelberht II will be auctioned at Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins and medals specialists, in London on June 11, when it is expected to fetch £15,000 to £20,000.

Darrin Simpson, a 48 year-old pest control specialist, was hurrying to shelter from a hailstorm in early March when he picked up a signal on his detector.

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