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Mint condition 9th century coin found beneath York Minster

A coin dating back to the 9th century has been found in remarkable condition, suggesting that it was never put into circulation and may have been minted nearby.

The coin found is a ‘sceatta’, a silver coin about the size of a five pence piece. Unusually, it was found in mint condition, with clear markings that enabled the moneyer to be identified as Eadwine, who is known to have minted coins for the Northumbrian royal court.

The coin was minted for Archbishop Eanbald, who had connections to the famed court of Charlemagne, say the archaeologists.

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Story: Gavin Aitchison, The York Press | Photo: The York Press

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