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Gold coins and ingots from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo

British Museum

British Museum

The purse found among the burial goods at Sutton Hoo contained 37 gold coins, three coin-shaped blanks, and two small gold ingots. The coins cannot be dated precisely, but seem to have been deposited at some point after AD 610 and before about AD 635. They were all minted in the kingdom of the Merovingian Franks in continental Europe. These coins are crucial to understanding the burial at Sutton Hoo, as they provide strong clues about when the ship and its contents were deposited.

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  • Title: Gold coins and ingots from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1939,1003.3
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Sutton Hoo
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum

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