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MONUMENT NO. 39092

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In 1611 a burial ground was formed at Harkirke to take the remains of those Roman Catholics who died in the parish of Sefton and were denied burial in the parish church. During the digging of the bank enclosing the burial ground in 1611 a substantial hoard of Viking and Kufic coins were found dating to AD 915. The hoard amounted to around 300 coins. The only remaining record of the hoard is a copper plate on which were engraved the obverse and reverse of 35 of the most perfect examples. This plate was reproduced in the book `Alfred the Great' by Dr John Spelman (1678).

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