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Steve Rice has been Metal Detecting for over 20 years. He is a member and past chairman of the South Lancs and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club.

Steve will endeavour to keep everyone up to date with his finds (and other members' finds) as well as the hobby in general. He is also a keen Coin Collector and Historian and will keep you upto date with this also.

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Coin of Beorhtric

Posted by ricey on March 25, 2007 9:29 AM | 

Whilst doing some research recently -wow do I do some research:-) I came across an image of a coin from the reign of Beorchtric. Beorhtric (died 802) (Means 'Magnificent Ruler') was the King of Wessex from 786 until his death.


The coin was found within 2 miles of Andover in 1854 (before metal detectors were around). The coin is a very rare specimen and weighs 22 grains.Beorchtric was at one time classed as the king of west saxons but researches of Ruding (Annals of Coinage) and Hawkins (The Silver Coins of England), have assigned him to East Anglia.

The moneyers name on this coin was PEOCHTHVN.

I have never ever come across this coin before and have been collecting coins for many years. I have never seen a coin of this type found whilst metal detecting. It is worth a note though. Maybe one day myself or a fellow detectorist will come across this type of coin and would be grateful for this reference. If anybody ever does please mail me a pic. I'd love to see it.