Irish Coin Daily: Silver Penny of Anlaf Guthfrithsson, Hiberno-Norse King of Northumbria & York (Flower type)


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Date: c. 939-941 AD

Hiberno-Norse Viking Coinage, Anlaf Guthrithsson (939-941 AD) AR Penny Flower type. York mint. Ingelgar, moneyer. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Hiberno-Norse Viking Coinage, Anlaf Guthrithsson (939-941 AD) Silver Penny, Flower type, York mint. Moneyer: Ingelgar

 

Description:

Hiberno-Norse (Northumbria). Anlaf Guthfrithsson. 939-941. Silver Penny (21mm, 1.41g). Eoferwic (York) mint; Ingelgar, moneyer. The type is closely related in both style and artistic accomplishment to the popular and very rare floral issue of Edward the Elder (SCBC 1078) struck by Heremod at the northwestern mint of Chester.

  • References: CTCE Group X, a-c; SCBI 6 (Edinburgh), 74 var. (obv. legend);
  • SCBI 34 (BM), 1276 var. (same); North 539; SCBC 1017
  • Almost Extremely Fine (aEF)
    • Lightly toned
  • Very Fine (VF)
    • Unusually, a full coin (these coins are often found as ‘cut’ halfpennies)
    • Lightly toned
      • Extremely rare

Obverse:

  • Small cross pattée; tiny pellet and crescent below flanking inner ring
  • Legend: +ANLAF REX EFOR
    • Translates as: Anlaf, King of York

Reverse:

  • INGELGAR below line from which springs a flower with two curved stalks, star below
  • Legend: INGELGAR
    • Translates as:

Country:

  • Northumbria

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Kingdom of Northumbria / Kingdom of York
  • Hammered

Additional Reading:

2 thoughts on “Irish Coin Daily: Silver Penny of Anlaf Guthfrithsson, Hiberno-Norse King of Northumbria & York (Flower type)

    • Thanks Paul,

      The Hiberno-Norse issued coins in Northumbria and York in the 10th C.
      – some of them ruled Dublin at the same time
      – it seems strange that they didn’t issue coins from there as well

      These Vikings were also relatives of the ones that issued coins in the 11th C in Ireland.

      I am trying to publish a comprehensive (illustrated) guide to Phase I, II, III and IV, including all major varieties.
      Phases V, VI and VII is much more difficult – especially finding the images.

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