Record Details

NHER Number:25758
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Iron Age silver coin hoard


A hoard of 201 Late Iron Age silver coins in a pottery container sealed with a linen or hemp cloth was found by a metal detectorist between 1990 and 1998. Prehistoric worked flints, a fragment of Roman pottery and a Late Saxon hooked tag were also found.

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Map Sheet:TF73SW

Full description

23 March 1990. Found with metal detector and by excavation.
Icenian coin hoard.
Pottery vessel (S10), cloth fragments and about 150 coins recovered.
See report (S1) for further details. This discovery is also noted in (S2).
D. Gurney (NAU), 28 March 1990.

5 July 1990.
Declared Treasure Trove.
List of individually numbered coins with weights in file, also report on textile remains.
See (S3) and (S4).
D. Gurney (NAU), 5 July 1990.

Winter 1990. Metal detecting.
Sixteen further Icenian silver coins
Details to come.
D.Gurney (NLA), 4 June 1991

11 July 1991.
The sixteen silver coins declared Treasure Trove at King's Lynn.
See (S5)
D. Gurney (NLA), 12 July 1991

1991. Metal detecting.
Another eight Iceni silver coins from the coin hoard.
Total now 177 (153+16+8).
See (S6).
D. Gurney (NLA), 5 March 1992

Declared Treasure Trove August 1992.

January 1993. Stray find.
One gritty reduced/grey body sherd, sandwich fired. Probably 1st century AD.
Identified by D. Gurney (NLA), 8 February 1993.
L. Brewster (KLM), 25 May 1993.

1992 to 1993. Metal detecting.
Eleven Icenian silver coins.
Additions to the Fring Icenian silver coin hoard. See report and full identifications in file. Polaroids NCM.
Identified by J. Davies (NCM).
See (S7).
J. Davies (NCM), 5 January 1994.

21 April 1993. Metal detecting.
Late Saxon hooked tag, triangular, two holes for attachment. Hook broken off. Decorated with relief double bulleted border and bulleted vertical band down centre, on each side are groups of three pellets.
See (S9).
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
Flint core and eight flakes. Prehistoric.
Identified by P. Robins (NAU), 13 September 1993.
Pottery. Thetford type ware and medieval sherds including green glazed Grimston.
W. Milligan (NCM), 16 May 1994.

1994. Metal detecting.
Additional four Iron Age silver units from the Fring hoard (total now 192 silver units).
See (S8).
Declared Treasure Trove 30 March 1995.
Identified by J. Davies (NCM).
J. Davies (NCM), 1 August 1995.

October 1996.
One more coin from hoard, now in KLM.
See (S10).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 23 January 2003.

October 1998.
Eight more coins from hoard, disclaimed as Treasure.
Total stands at 201 coins.
See (S10).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 23 January 2003.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CORE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN HOARD (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • TEXTILE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HOOKED TAG (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. [Articles on the Fring Iron Age coin hoard].
---Unpublished Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2000. Treasure Annual Report 1998-1999. p 107; No 278.
---Unpublished Document: 1996-7. Treasure Trove Reviewing Committee Annual Report 1996-7.. No 12.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. Iceni coin hoard treasure trove. 12 March.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1997. Five historic West Norfolk finds declared treasure trove. 4 March.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1995. Iceni coins on offer to museum. 7 April.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1993. Docking coins on show…. 29 January.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1992. Iceni coins for display in museum. 1 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Two sets of coins treasure trove. 28 August.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1990. Museum wants new money for old. 6 November.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1990. Jury decides Iceni coins are Crown's. 10 July.
---Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Chadburn, A. 1991. The Fring Coin Hoard. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt II pp 218-225.
---Photograph: 1991. LBQ, Fring coin hoard..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: Unknown. Unknown. A composition of 24 Iron Age coins from the Fring hoard.. Black and white.
---Photograph: FNG-FNL.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Gurney, D. (NAU). 1990. The Fring Coin Hoard: Discovery and Excavation. 28 March.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1991. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1990. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt II pp 240-246. p 241.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Burnett, A. M.. 1990. Coins Found at Fring, Norfolk (SMR Site 25758). 14 June.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Liu, M-Y and Crowfoot, E.. 1990. Fring Coin Hoard. Textile.. 17 November.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1991. Silver coins found at Fring. 3 June.
<S6>Unpublished Document: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1992. Iron Age coins discovered at Fring. 5 March.
<S7>Unpublished Document: Davies, J. (NCM). 1993. Iron Age Coins Discovered at Fring. 18 August.
<S8>Unpublished Document: Davies, J. (NCM). 1995. Iron Age coins discovered at Fring. 20 January.
<S9>Photograph: NCC Find Identification and Recording Service. c. 1975-2000. HES Find Polaroid Collection. HES Find Polaroid Collection. polaroid. black and white.
<S10>Unpublished Document: Davies, J. (NCM). 1998. Iron Age Coins Discovered at Fring, Norfolk, 1998.. 22 October.
<S11>Illustration: Gurney, D.. Unknown. Drawing of a Iron Age pottery vessel.. Film. 1:1.

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