Rare Ethelbert penny found in Sussex field

King Ethelbert II was murdered, possibly for minting his own coins. Now an extremely-rare, 8th century silver penny, found by metal detectorist Darrin Simpson, has been discovered in a Sussex, England field. (photo)

East Anglian King Ethelbert, later declared a saint, was beheaded in 794 by the king of neighboring Mercia, possibly for having minted his own coin, which was a sign of independence from the superior monarch. The current coin, only the fourth ever found, is unique in that it proclaims Ethelbert as King.