Irish Coin Daily: Silver Penny of Anlaf Guthfrithsson, Hiberno-Norse King of Northumbria


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Date: c. 939-41 AD

Hiberno-Norse Northumbria). Anlaf Guthfrithsson. 939-941. AR Penny (20mm, 1.14 g, 7h). Eoferwic (York) mint; Athelferd, moneyer. + •ΛNL-•ΛF CVNVHC', raven with wings displayed, head left / + •ΛÐELFERD HINETΓ, small cross pattée. CTCE group IV, a-al; SCBI 4 (Copenhagen) 628-33 var. (legend); BMC 1092-6 var. (legend and stops); North 537; SCBC 1019. EMC 2015.0099 (this coin). Near EF, lightly toned. An excellent example of this iconic type.

Description:

Hiberno-Norse (Northumbria). Anlaf Guthfrithsson. 939-941. Silver Penny (20mm, 1.14 g, 7h). Eoferwic (York) mint; Athelferd, moneyer. CTCE group IV, a-al; SCBI 4 (Copenhagen) 628-33 var. (legend); BMC 1092-6 var. (legend and stops); North 537; SCBC 1019. EMC 2015.0099 (this coin).

  • Almost Extremely Fine (aEF)
  • Lightly toned
  • An excellent example of this iconic type

Obverse:

  • Raven with wings displayed, head left
  • + •ΛNL-•ΛF CVNVHC’

The Raven type has one of the most dramatic coin designs in the Anglo-Viking coinage series. It shows the classic Viking symbol, a raven, with head turned left and outstretched wings.

Conversely, this design can also be recognized in a Christian context: the raven is associated with St. Oswald (a Northumbrian royal saint). The symbiotic relationship between royalty and religion can be clearly seen in Hiberno-Norse coinage.

Reverse:

  • Small cross pattée
  • +•ΛÐELFERD HINETΓ

Country:

  • Northumbria

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Kingdom of Northumbria
  • Hammered

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