Anglo-Saxon, issued AD720-749
Found by metal detectorist at Cheriton, Hampshire
After the Romans withdrew from Britain in the early fifth century AD, no coins were struck in Britain for nearly 200 years. Roman coins apparently circulated to some extent but around AD 600 coins began to be issued once again. These coins, known as 'sceattas', often copy Roman types and it has been suggested that they were introduced in response to the discovery of Roman coin hoards. This example has a shield design on one side and a bird and branch on the other.