Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse, Phase II Silver Penny, Sihtric of Dublin (moneyer: Faeremin)


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Date: c. 1015-1035

Ireland, Hiberno-Norse, Sihtric, penny, phase II (c.1015-1035), imitating long cross type of Aethelred II, + SIHTRC RE DIFLM, bust l., rev. + FÆ REMI NMO DYHI, long voided cross, pellet in each angle (S.6122; D&F.23), bottom edge very ragged, about very fine, scarce

Description:

Hiberno-Norse, Sihtric, penny, phase II (c.1015-1035), imitating long cross type of Aethelred II,  (S.6122; D&F.23), bottom edge very ragged

  • About very fine (aVF)
  • Scarce

Obverse:

  • + SIHTRC RE DIFLM, bust l
    • (translates as “Sihtric, King of Dublin”)

Reverse:

  • + FÆ REMI NMO DYHI, long voided cross, pellet in each angle
    • (translates as Moneyer = “Faeremin of Dublin”)

Country:

  • Ireland

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Phase 2
  • Hammered

 


Additional Information:

During Phase II (c. 1018 to 1035) the coinage became lighter, possibly reflecting the declining fortunes of the Kingdom of Dublin.

  • While early Phase I coins weighed about 1.5 grammes
    • By Phase II the average weight of the coinage is reduced to 1.2 grammes

The inscriptions (legends) on Phase II coins are, typically, ‘blundered’

  • This is a numismatic term for mis-spelt, or a jumble of letters
    • bits of the name “Sihtric” and “Dyflin” are still often recognizable.
  • On the obverse of Phase II coins, a J-shaped symbol – interpreted as an inverted bishop’s crozier – sometimes appears behind the bust.
  • Small pellets, typically, appear in the angles of the long cross on the reverse.

Further Reading:

 

 

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