Lenborough Hoard

Nominated by: Rachael Shimmin

My object is the Lenborough Hoard, a collection of 5,248 rare Anglo-Saxon silver coins.  This fantastic hoard was found by a local metal detectorist in a field in Lenborough, near Buckingham, in December 2014.  I have chosen this object because it is such an amazing collection of currency dating from the 11th century found not far away from where I live in the North of the county. 

Since these coins are usually only found singly, or in small groups (usually fewer than 20) finding over 5,000 together, which were minted in 40 different towns over England, gives an unparalleled opportunity for research into Anglo-Saxon metalwork technology and how trade worked in the country at the time.

Buried around 1035 AD, it is made up of coins of Ethelred the Unready and Cnut the Great. Because the hoard was wrapped in a sheet of lead to protect it, the coins are amazingly well preserved, and it has been valued at £1.35 million!

The hoard is a fantastically important part of our heritage, both locally and nationally, and is available for people to see at the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.

To find out more about the Bucks County Museum, please see their website.

The Lenborough Hoard was nominated by Rachael Shimmin, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Council. Rachael lives in North Buckinghamshire.