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


Date: c. 1015-1035

An Hiberno-Norse. Phase II Penny in the name of Sihtric but Mint & Moneyer uncertain

An Hiberno-Norse. Phase II Penny in the name of Sihtric but Mint & Moneyer uncertain

Description:

An Hiberno-Norse. Phase II Penny in the name of Sihtric but Mint & Moneyer uncertain.

  • Weight: 1.29 g
  • References:
    • O’Sullivan 12; SCBI BM 80; S 6122; DF 23
  • Very Fine (VF)
  • Rare

Obverse:

  • Draped bust left with two pellets before, cross patteé behind neck
  • Badly blundered legend:
    • + INTRC REX NDIFNI
      • (translates as “Sihtric, King of Dublin”)

Reverse:

  • Long voided cross, with triple crescent ends and pellet in each angle
  • Badly blundered legend:
    • + NINIC ONN NIN
      • (Moneyer: uncertain)
      • (Mint: uncertain)

Country:

  • Ireland

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Phase 2
  • 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’

  • 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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