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


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Date: c. 1018-1035

Hiberno-Norse. Sihtric III Olafsson. 995-1036. AR Penny (17.5mm, 1.20 g, 7h). Phase II coinage, Long Cross type. Difelin (Dublin) mint signature; ‘Nirinn,’ moneyer. Struck circa 1018-1035. + I?TRC RE+ IDIFHI, draped bust left; inverted croizer behind / + ?I RI? N HO DFII, voided long cross, with triple crescent ends; pellet in each angle. O`S 12 (same rev. die as illustration); SCBI 22 (Copenhagen), 88 (same dies); D&F 23; SCBC 6125A. Good VF, toned.

 

Description:

Hiberno-Norse. Sihtric III Olafsson. 995-1036. Silver Penny (17.5mm, 1.20 g, 7h). Phase II coinage, Long Cross type. Difelin (Dublin) mint signature; ‘Nirinn,’ moneyer. Struck circa 1018-1035. O`S 12 (same rev. die as illustration); SCBI 22 (Copenhagen), 88 (same dies); D&F 23; SCBC 6125A.

  • Good VF (gVF)
  • Toned

Obverse:

  • Draped bust left; inverted croizer behind
  • + I?TRC RE+ IDIFHI
    • Blundered legend, but translates as “Sihtric, King of Dublin”

Reverse:

  • Voided long cross, with triple crescent ends; pellet in each angle
  • + ?I RI? N HO DFII
    • Blundered legend, but translates as “Nirinn 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.

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2 thoughts on “Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse, Phase II Silver Penny, Sihtric of Dublin (moneyer: Nirinn)

    • When it comes up for sale at auction, it is usually described as Very Rare (which is vague).

      To the best of my knowledge, only 2 have been sold recently.

      1. Triton XVIII (Jan 2015), Lot: 1757. Estimate $500.
      Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee

      2. Triton XV (Nov 2011), Lot: 1948. Estimate $2000.
      Sold for $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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