The first written record of the town of Shrewsbury is mentioned in a charter of the Mercian rulers, Aethelred and Aelfleda in 901. It is called “civitas Scrobbesbyrig” and the name is thought to mean “fortified place of scrubland”.
It was at this same time that the administrative system of “shires” was established and the town became a flourishing centre. A royal mint had been established there by 929. These sketches show some of the silver coins which were made there.