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The average quality of the workmanship is extremely high and especially remarkable in view of the large number of individual objects, such as swords and a helmet, from which many of the fragments in the hoard came.The hoard was purchased jointly by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for £3.285 million under the Treasure Act 1996.The hoard consists of approximately 3,500 pieces, Most of the items in the hoard appear to be military, and there are no domestic objects, such as vessels or eating utensils, or feminine jewellery, which are the more common Anglo-Saxon gold finds.
Sharp (2016) has suggested the inscription shows angst in the face of a great threat and this could only have been the Viking invasion."Archaeologists working for Staffordshire County Council and English Heritage have made the discovery when they were on the site following the recent ploughing of the field. "They've found approximately 90 pieces of gold and silver. "The collection also included a possible helmet cheek piece." Stephen Dean, principal archaeologist for Staffordshire County Council, added: "We've always wanted to do some more work. One of the most intriguing items in the hoard is a small strip of gold (St H 550), measuring 179 mm × 15.8 mm × 2.1 mm (7.047 in × 0.622 in × 0.083 in) when unfolded, inscribed with a biblical quotation, from Numbers , in insular majuscule, on both sides, as , and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.”) The reading of the additional words on the second version of the text, [a]diuie nos[.r.], is unclear; they may be practice letters, meaning that the inside face was not supposed to be visible and contains an abandoned attempt of the inscription.The passage is quoted fairly often, notably in the Life of the Mercian Saint Guthlac (d. The passage occurs in the context of Guthlac’s meeting with Æthelbald, the later king of Mercia, in which the saint foretells that the king’s enemy would “flee from your face”.