Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse, Phase I (Long Cross) Silver Penny, in the name of Aethelred (Dublin mint / Unknown moneyer)


Date: c. 995-1015

Hiberno-Norse Penny, Phase I, Class B, Penny, 1.10 g. + EDELRED REX ANGL bust left, large pellet behind + DP NGM AOL INIO. DF 13, S 6107. aVF

Hiberno-Norse Penny, Phase I, Class B, Penny, 1.10 g. in the name of Aethelred II of England (Dublin Mint)

Description:

An Hiberno-Norse Phase I, Class B Silver Penny. Dublin mint, moneyer: unknown.

  • Weight: 1.10 g
  • References:
    • DF 13; Seaby 6107
  • Well-struck on a neat round flan, well circulated and quite worn, cracked flan, , otherwise almost Very Fine (aVF)
  • Scarce

Obverse:

  • Draped bust left with large pellet behind neck
  • Clear, legible obverse legend:
    • + EDELRED REX ANGL
      • (translates as “Ethelred, King of England”)

Reverse:

  • Long voided cross, with triple crescent ends and pellet in each angle
  • Clear but blundered reverse legend:
    • + DP NGM AOL INIO
      • (translates as Moneyer = “? of Dublin”)

Country:

  • Ireland

Category:

  • Hiberno-Norse
    • Phase 1
      • Class B (Long Cross)
  • Hammered

 


Additional Information:

During Phase II (c. 1018 to 1035) the coinage became lighter, possibly reflecting the declining fortunes of the Kingdom of Dublin.

  • Early Phase I coins weighed about 1.5 grammes (This is late Phase I @ 0.10g)
    • 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’

 


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