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Saxon Series Bib type Penning

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1932C285.188
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1040 - 1042

Maker Information

Mint:Toci - View biography for Toci


In the later 7th century the Anglo-Saxons changed from using gold to silver coins. Their earliest silver coins are known today as sceattas. Struck between c 675 and c 750, they are thick dumpy little coins normally without anything written on them. In the late 700's the Anglo-Saxons started making thinner, broader coins which we call pennies. They usually name the king who issued them and the moneyer who was responsible for making them. Pennies like these were made in England for hundreds of years. This coin shows the influence of English coinage in Scandinavia. Lots of English pennies went there from the late 10th to 11th centuries, and between 1017-1042 the Kings of Denmark were also Kings of England. The design of this coin is very English, the legends even give the names of the mint and the moneyer, but the mint is actually Lund in Skane (today in Sweden, but then part of Denmark).

Presented by E Marston Rudland, 1932.

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Production Period:Saxon
Place of Origin:Skane, Sweden

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Diameter:16 mm