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Saxon Penny of Aethelwulf of Wessex,

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1993C479
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:839 AD - 858 AD

Maker Information

Moneyer:Torhtulf - View biography for Torhtulf


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. There is a splendid cartoon like portrait of the King. The moneyers name appears in the cross pattern.

Ian Donal Finney Bequest, 1993.

Further Information

Reign:King Aethelwulf of Wessex
Production Period:Saxon

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Diameter:21 mm