This penny in the Worcestershire County museum collection comes from a hoard of 18 Saxon silver pennies found near Severn Stoke, Worcestershire.
Twelve of the coins were struck for King Burgred of West Mercia (reigned 852-874) and bear his name and image, as this one pictured. The other coins were struck for three kings of Wessex – Aethelwulf, Aethelberht and Aethelred l.
In 854 Burgred had transferred land at Hartlebury to the Bishop of Worcester, Aelhun. This land is now the site of Hartlebury Castle and home to Worcestershire County Museum. The hoard was probably buried in 868 AD. This may be a sign of settlements along the River Severn being concerned about possible Viking attacks.
Thanks to David Kendrick for the research for this object.