The Undley Bracteate, an Anglo-Saxon gold medallion the size of a 10p piece, was discovered at Undley in Suffolk in 1982.
The Anglo-Saxons were a functionally illiterate group and wrote nothing down; they never saw the benefits of using their alphabet to communicate. They scratched symbols on stones (runes), or inscribed valuable items like this medallion, which dates from sometime between A.D. 450 and 480.
On it are inscribed these words: gaegogae maegae medu, which translates as ‘this she-wolf is a reward to my kinsman’. This is the earliest surviving example of Anglo-Saxon
writing in Britain. It is, in other words, the first recorded sentence in English.