Sunday 20 January 2008

Museum's £350,000 deal for coin

A gold coin dating to Anglo-Saxon times has been bought by the British Museum for more than £350,000.
The deal by the central London museum makes it the most expensive British coin ever purchased.

It depicts King Coenwulf of Mercia, who ruled Mercia and much of southern England, in the early 9th Century.

A metal detector enthusiast found it next to the River Ivel in Bedfordshire in 2001, and it was later bought by a US collector.

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