Norwich Castle Museum keen to acquire North Norfolk treasure
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The early Medieval Sceattas were found in the Aldborough area, with the first 65 found by metal detector Simon Gray in 2010 and a further five found nearby in 2012.
An inquest concluded that they were treasure, and that Norwich Castle Museum has expressed an interest in acquiring them.
Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake read from a report prepared by the British Museum at yesterday’s hearing.
She said the coins were thought to have originated from 675AD to the middle of the 8th century, and were among the earliest native English coins.
Most of the coins were in “excellent condition”, and thought to be of no great age when deposited.
Experts believe the coins were concealed between 710 and 715AD.
The inquest also heard details of a series of finds at Kenninghall, in Breckland, and of four Iron Age gold coins found at Runhall, between Wymondham and Dereham.
A group of metal detectors including David Carter made the find early this year, and a British Museum report said they dated back to the late 1st century BC or the early 1st century AD.
Ms Lake concluded that they were treasure, and said that Norwich Castle Museum had expressed interest in acquiring them.
The museum also expressed interest in acquiring four rings, all of which were found at Kenninghall on land owned by John Brown and all of which were deemed to be treasure.
Metal detector Trond Gasland found the first ring, a Medieval to post-Medieval gold finger ring, this year.
The oval-sectioned band, which bears engravings on its shoulders, has a pink-on-red table cut stone.
Ms Lake, reading from a British Museum report, said the ring dated back to the 16th century, and others of a similar age had previously been found nearby.
The second ring was a post-Medieval gold posy ring, and was discovered by metal detector Daryl Rock in March this year.
It is a D-section band with a design incorporating leaves and flowers.
The third ring, a post-Medieval gold mourning ring, was also found in March.
Dating back to the 16th or 17th century, it has a Latin inscription that translates as “hard to bear”.
The fourth and final Kenninghall ring was a second post-Medieval gold mourning ring found in March.
The band has nine panels separated by angled grooves, decorated with reverse S-shapes.
It has an inscription of Roman capitals reading Memento Mori, which roughly translates as “remember (that you have) to die”.