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


Irish coin cabinet 7

Date: c. 1015-1035

An Hiberno-Norse Phase II Long Cross Penny, Sihtric of Dublin, with Dublin mint signature of Siult (Moneyer of Dublin). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

An Hiberno-Norse Phase II Long Cross Penny, Sihtric of Dublin, with Dublin mint signature of Siult (Moneyer of Dublin).

Description:

An Hiberno-Norse Phase II Long Cross Penny, Sihtric of Dublin, with Dublin mint signature of Siult (Moneyer of Dublin).

  • Diameter: 19mm
  • Extremely fine (EF), pretty much as struck
  • RARE in any grade, but extremely rare in this high grade

References:

  • S.6122

Obverse:

Draped bust left; cross behind neck

  • Legend: + YHTRE: REX: DYFLM
  • Slightly blundered legend, but translates as “Sihtric, King of Dublin”

Reverse:

Long voided cross, tiny pellet in each angle

  • Legend: + SIVLT: MO: DIFLINAM
  • Slightly blundered legend, but translates as “SIULT, moneyer of Dublin”

Country:

  • Ireland

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Phase 2
      • Moneyer: Siult
  • 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’ but legible.

  • 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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