Declare your treasure finds

Police investigating illegal trade in historic treasures find hoard of Viking coins worth at least £500,000 that could rewrite Alfred the Great’s role in British history

  • They date from the time of Alfred the Great who defeated the Vikings in AD 878
  • They show King Alfred standing next to Ceolwulf II, King of Mercia 
  • Ceolwulf II was previously thought to be a minor figure but the coins show the two rulers standing side by side as allies suggesting a different story
  • The coins were seized in multiple police raids and are valued at £500,000