Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Phase II Silver Penny, Sihtric of Dublin (uncertain mint and moneyer)


Date: c. 1015-1035

Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny, Phase II, .77g, bare headed bust left, rev. IFI RNE NNO NHO, small pellet in all 4 angles, good VF (SCBI BM –, S 6122, DF 22)

An Hiberno-Norse Long Cross Penny, Phase II, Sihtric of Dublin, with uncertain mint signature

Hiberno-Scandinavian period, Phase II, Long Cross Penny.

  • Weight: 0.77g (very light for Phase II)
  • Very fine (VF)
  • Rare

References:

  • SCBI BM –; S 6122; DF 22

Obverse:

Draped bust left; pellet on chin, wedge-shaped lips, two pellets on neck

  • Legend: +IIII +IhCTRI +HDIC
  • Badly blundered legend (for Phase II) but recognisable as “Sihtric, King of Dublin”

Reverse:

Long voided cross, small pellet in each angle

  • Legend: + IFI RNE NNO NHO
  • Blundered legend, illegible

Country:

  • Ireland

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Phase 2
      • Moneyer: Uncertain
  • 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
    • This is an extremely light example of a Phase II penny

The inscriptions (legends) on Phase II coins are, typically, ‘blundered’

  • 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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