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


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Date: First reign, c. 941-944/5

Hiberno-Norse Northumbria). Anlaf Sithtricsson (Cuaran). First reign, 941-944/5. AR Penny (19mm, 0.96 g, 11h). Triquetra type. York mint; Farmann, moneyer. + ΛNLΛF CVNVNC (inverted T), triquetra / + F·A·RH·A·H MONETA, fringed triangular standard bearing 'X' on cross-tipped pole. CTCE Group V, b-q; SCBI 30 (American), 278 var. (obv. legend); SCBI 34 (BM), 1249-52 var. (legends); North 540; SCBC 1020. Near EF, rich old tone, lightly creased with minor edge cracks. Very rare.

Description:

Hiberno-Norse (Northumbria). Anlaf Sihtricsson (Cuaran). First reign, 941-944/5. Silver Penny (19mm, 0.96 g, 11h). Triquetra type. York mint; Farmann, moneyer. CTCE Group V, b-q; SCBI 30 (American), 278 var. (obv. legend); SCBI 34 (BM), 1249-52 var. (legends); North 540; SCBC 1020.

  • Almost Extremely Fine (aEF)
    • Rich old tone, lightly creased with minor edge cracks
  • Very rare

Obverse:

  • Triquetra
  • + ΛNLΛF CVNVNC (inverted T)

The triquetra, a common element in interlace design and a motif the recurs on 11th-century Danish and Norwegian coins, and a triangular banner of distinctive Viking form found in Scandinavian metalwork and on some rare London coins of Cnut.

Yet this design can also be recognized in a Christian context: the triquetra represents the Trinity in some 7th-/8th-century art, and the triangular banner on the coins is decorated with a cross.

Reverse:

  • Fringed triangular standard bearing ‘X’ on cross-tipped pole.
  • + F·A·RH·A·H MONETA

Country:

  • Northumbria

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Kingdom of Northumbria
  • Hammered

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