Date: c. 1015-1035
An Hiberno-Norse, Phase II Silver Penny. Badly blundered legend but attributable to Sihtric, King of Dublin and his moneyer: Færemin at the Dublin mint.
- Diameter: 18 mm
- Weight: 1.06 g
- SCBI 32 (Ulster), 104-5; SCBC 6128
- An unusual variant on a chipped flan, with an off-centre and blundered legend
- Draped bust left with ‘wheel motif’ on neck
- Incomplete and badly blundered legend:
- Attributable to “Sihtric, King of Dublin”
- Long voided cross, with triple crescent ends, and pellet & double pellets in alternating quarters
- Badly blundered and incomplete legend:
- Attributable to “Faeremin of Dublin”
- Phase 2
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.
Other Coins in this Series:
- The Old Currency Exchange: Checklist (Hiberno-Norse)
- O’Brien Coin Guide: Anglo-Saxon Coins & Their Links to Ireland
- O’Brien Coin Guide: Who Introduced Anglo-Saxon Coins to Ireland and why ?
- O’Brien Coin Guide: Introduction to the Hiberno-Norse Coinages of the Late 10th & Early 11th C