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Saxon Penny of Aethelred II, First Hand type

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1993C497
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:978 AD - 1016 AD

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Ipswich Mint - View history


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. The design on the reverse shows the Hand of God emerging from the clouds, together with the Christian Alpha and Omega, 'the Beginning and the End'.

Ian Donal Finney Bequest, 1993.

Further Information

Reign:Aethelred II of England
Production Period:Saxon

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Diameter:20.5 mm