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June 14, 2014

Æthelberht II of East Anglia

"A rare silver coin has fetched £78,000 at auction – because it could be a clue to a 1,200-year-old murder. It was struck in the reign of East Anglian ruler Aethelberht II and describes him as king – the only time this title has been found on a coin of his. His ambition may explain his beheading in 794 on the orders of Offa, the more powerful king of Mercia."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 14, 2014 08:47 AM