Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny, Phase V, (derivative of Edward the Confessor BMC Type 5)


Date: c. 1095-1100 ?

Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny, Phase V, (derivative of Edward the Confessor BMC Type v). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Description:

An Hiberno-Norse silver penny, Phase V (1065-1100) with uncertain mint signature (illegible legends) and unknown moneyer.

  • Height: 16 mm
  • Weight: 0.77 g
  • Very Fine (VF)
  • Toned, some light porosity, crimped

References:

  • A unique coin, not listed in any of the catalogues.
  • Lindsay –; Roth –; O’Sullivan – (cf. 54 for obv.); SCBI –: SCBC –: DF–: S–.
    • Listed as Phase V because it has a reverse similar to an Edward the Confessor type

Obverse:

Degraded facing bust (possibly derived from a bust of William I ?); pseudo-legend around.

Reverse:

Expanding cross (derived from Edward the Confessor BMC Type 5); pseudo-legend around. Double-struck on reverse.

The original Edward the Confessor ‘expanding cross’ types were struck in England c. 1050-1053 and it is likely this Hiberno-Norse variant was struck much later because the obverse doesn’t seem similar to any of Edward’s facing busts.

Country:

  • Ireland

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Phase 5
      • Class F (Stylised facing and profile busts)
      • Type ?
  • Hammered

 


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