Rare 12th century coins found in England

What is being called "one of the biggest hoards" of 12th century silver coins has been found by metal dectorists near Knaresborough, England. The 178 coins date to the reign of Henry I. Meanwhile, in Gloucester, four pennies, of an unknown variety, have been found. (photo)

The Knaresborough coins were found by fifteen members of the West Riding Detector Group, who will split the proceeds with the landowner.

The four rare, silver pennies, also discovered by a metal dectector enthusiast, have experts scratching their heads. The coins are of an unrecorded type. "Coins dating to the age of William I [William the Conqueror] are very rare finds, but these are unique," said archaeologist Kurt Adams said.