The Umayyad dirham from Woodstown, Co.Waterford

List of Islamic Coin Finds in Medieval Ireland

Among the most remarkable coins found in Ireland are those with Kufic inscriptions. Although these are not evidence for a direct Irish-Arabic trade, they are indicators of the extent of the wider Viking trade networks – particularly the Baltic/Byzantine route. It is thought that they came to Ireland, via Scandinavia. Townland/Site Name Site Type Comments Reference(s)…

Hiberno-Norse Northumbria). Anlaf Sithtricsson (Cuaran). Second reign, circa 950-952. AR Penny (21mm, 1.31 g, 8h). Circumscription Cross type. York mint; Radulf, moneyer. + ·A·NL·A·F CVNVNCΓ, small cross pattée / + R·A·ÐVCF MONET R·, small cross pattée. CTCE Group VI b, c, and q; SCBI 4 (Copenhagen), 639 var. (legends); BMC –; North 541; SCBC 1029 (this coin illustrated). Near EF, slight deposit in legend on obverse, otherwise with a pleasing silvery/blue tone. Extremely rare

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Penny of Anlaf Sihtricsson Cuarán, Hiberno-Norse King of Northumbria

Date: Second reign, c. 950-952 AD Description: Hiberno-Norse (Northumbria). Anlaf Sithtricsson (Cuaran). Second reign, c. 950-952. Silver Penny (21mm, 1.31 g, 8h). Circumscription Cross type. York mint; Radulf, moneyer. CTCE Group VI b, c, and q; SCBI 4 (Copenhagen), 639 var. (legends); BMC –; North 541; SCBC 1029 (this coin illustrated). Almost Extremely Fine (aEF) Slight deposit in…

Hiberno-Norse Northumbria). Ragnald Guthfrithsson. Circa 943-944/5. AR Penny (19mm, 0.95 g, 5h). Cross Moline type. York mint; Avra, moneyer. + RE·G·N·A·L·D CVNVΓ (V's as inverted A's), cross moline / + AVRA MONIT REΓ (V as inverted A), small cross pattée. CTCE Group VI; SCBI 34 (BM) 1257 var. (obv. legend); North 547; SCBC 1025. Good VF, light tone, good metal. Extremely rare

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Penny of Ragnald Guthfrithsson, Hiberno-Norse King of Northumbria

Date: c. 943-944/5 AD Description: Hiberno-Norse (Northumbria). Ragnald Guthfrithsson. Circa 943-944/5. Silver Penny (19mm, 0.95 g, 5h). Cross Moline type. York mint; Avra, moneyer. CTCE Group VI; SCBI 34 (BM) 1257 var. (obv. legend); North 547; SCBC 1025. Good Very Fine (gVF) Light tone, good metal Extremely rare Obverse: Cross moline + RE·G·N·A·L·D CVNVΓ (V’s as inverted A’s)…

Hiberno-Norse Northumbria). Anlaf Sithtricsson (Cuaran). First reign, 941-944/5. AR Penny (19mm, 0.96 g, 11h). Triquetra type. York mint; Farmann, moneyer. + ΛNLΛF CVNVNC (inverted T), triquetra / + F·A·RH·A·H MONETA, fringed triangular standard bearing 'X' on cross-tipped pole. CTCE Group V, b-q; SCBI 30 (American), 278 var. (obv. legend); SCBI 34 (BM), 1249-52 var. (legends); North 540; SCBC 1020. Near EF, rich old tone, lightly creased with minor edge cracks. Very rare.

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Penny of Anlaf Sihtricsson Cuarán, Hiberno-Norse King of Northumbria

Date: First reign, c. 941-944/5 Description: Hiberno-Norse (Northumbria). Anlaf Sihtricsson (Cuaran). First reign, 941-944/5. Silver Penny (19mm, 0.96 g, 11h). Triquetra type. York mint; Farmann, moneyer. CTCE Group V, b-q; SCBI 30 (American), 278 var. (obv. legend); SCBI 34 (BM), 1249-52 var. (legends); North 540; SCBC 1020. Almost Extremely Fine (aEF) Rich old tone, lightly creased with minor…

Hiberno-Norse Northumbria). Anlaf Guthfrithsson. 939-941. AR Penny (20mm, 1.14 g, 7h). Eoferwic (York) mint; Athelferd, moneyer. + •ΛNL-•ΛF CVNVHC', raven with wings displayed, head left / + •ΛÐELFERD HINETΓ, small cross pattée. CTCE group IV, a-al; SCBI 4 (Copenhagen) 628-33 var. (legend); BMC 1092-6 var. (legend and stops); North 537; SCBC 1019. EMC 2015.0099 (this coin). Near EF, lightly toned. An excellent example of this iconic type.

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Penny of Anlaf Guthfrithsson, Hiberno-Norse King of Northumbria

Date: c. 939-41 AD Description: Hiberno-Norse (Northumbria). Anlaf Guthfrithsson. 939-941. Silver Penny (20mm, 1.14 g, 7h). Eoferwic (York) mint; Athelferd, moneyer. CTCE group IV, a-al; SCBI 4 (Copenhagen) 628-33 var. (legend); BMC 1092-6 var. (legend and stops); North 537; SCBC 1019. EMC 2015.0099 (this coin). Almost Extremely Fine (aEF) Lightly toned An excellent example of this iconic…