Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny (Phase I, Class E – Quatrefoil Type) / Moneyer: FAEREMIN of Dublin

Irish coin cabinet 7

Date: c. 1016-1020

Hiberno-Norse Phase 1, Class E, silver penny imitating Cnut's Quatrefoil, bust left, sihtric, rev feineimodyf, 1.03g. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Hiberno-Norse. Phase I, Class E silver penny, c.995-1020, imitating the Quatrefoil type of Cnut, in the name of Sihtric (Silkenbeard) Anlafsson, with a Dublin mint signature.

  • Also known as:
    • Sihtric, Sitric and Sitrick in Irish texts
    • Sigtryg and Sigtryggr in Scandinavian texts

Of around twenty known Irish Quatrefoil copies (ten are recorded in SCBI), four are in the name of Sihtric. The usual moneyer striking in the name of Sihtric was Stegen.

  • Diameter: 19 mm
  • Weight: 1.03 g
  • Peck behind bust, legends weak in places
  • Good very fine (gVF)


  • O’S. 25;  DF.21;  S.6121
  • Extremely rare.


  • Crowned bust facing left in quatrefoil
  • Blundered legend:  +zihtrcre+dyfli
    • Translates as: Sihtric, King of Dublin


  • Voided long cross with triple-crescent ends and pellet at center, over quatrefoil
  • Blundered legend: + feineimodyf

    • Translates as: Faeremin, moneyer of Dublin
      • Listed by Spinks as the only known example by the moneyer ‘Feine’
      • More likely to be a blundered version of Faeremin


  • Ireland


  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Phase 1
      • Class E (Quatrefoil)
  • Hammered


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