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Saxon Penny of Edward the Confessor, Small Flan type

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1995C49
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1042 - 1066

Maker Information

Mint:Tamworth Mint - View history
Moneyer:Bruning - View biography for Bruning


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. Tamworth was a very small mint with only three moneyers known during Edward the Confessors 24 year reign. This coin is quite unusual because it was found within a couple of miles of where it was made.

Presented by Friends of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1995.

Further Information

Reign:Edward the Confessor
Production Period:Saxon
Place of Origin:Tamworth, England
Place of Excavation:Amington
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England

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Diameter:13.5 mm