Goldsborough Hoard

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Discovered by workmen digging drains in 1859, the hoard of Viking silver contains 39 coins and hacksilver made from fragments of brooches and arm-rings.

Among the coins were three of Anglo-Saxon origin — one of which was a rare example of coin of Alfred the Great, and two were pennies from the reign of his son, Edward the Elder, who was responsible for crushing the Vikings at the Battle of Tettenhall in AD 910. The remaining coins are all dirhams from the Middle East that were brought to these shores via the Viking trade routes along the rivers of Russia, across the Baltic and Scandinavia, and finally the North Sea.