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Mediaeval Penning of Christopher II of Denmark

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1993C640
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1320 - 1326

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Roskilde Mint - View history


This Danish penning is typical of the dreadful state of Denmark's coinage by the earlier 1300s. Although pennings were originally silver coins, by this time they were being made of virtually pure
copper and contained only a tiny percentage of silver. The designs used on them were simple, poorly engraved, geometric shapes. Such coins were intrinsically worth very little and for higher
denominations people used good quality silver coins imported from England, France and Germany.

Ian Donal Finney Bequest, 1993.

Further Information

Reign:King Christopher II of Denmark
Production Period:Mediaeval
Place of Origin:Roskilde, Denmark

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Diameter:17 mm