Hiberno-Norse Penny, Phase I, Class D Small Cross (Sithric, King of Dublin), 18mm 0.93g, Moneyer Leofwine of Chester (O’S -, D&F 19, SCBC 6118)

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny (Phase I, Class D – Small Cross), Sihtric of Dublin (Moneyer: Leofwine of Chester)

Date: c. 995-1015 Description: An Hiberno-Norse Phase I, Class D (Small Cross) Silver Penny. Chester mint, moneyer: Leofwine. Diameter: 18 mm Weight: 0.69 g References: SCBI 32 (Belfast), 32 var. (legends); O’S -; D&F 19; SCBC 6118 Well-struck + well centred on a neat round flan, some die rust on obverse and a little porosity…

Hiberno-Norse Phase I, Class B Long Cross Penny, 20mm 1.31g, Obv. SIHTRC RE+ ÐYFNI + Rev. + SIEL Θ ÐYF+LNIEIMIIV (O'S 3, Hilderbrand 72, SCBC 6103)

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse, Phase I (Long Cross) Silver Penny, in the name of Sihtric (Dublin mint / Moneyer: Siel)

Date: c. 995-1015 Description: An Hiberno-Norse Phase I, Class B Long Cross Penny, Imitating Long Cross type of Æthelred II. Dublin mint; Siel, moneyer. Struck circa AD 1000-1010. Diameter: 20 mm Weight: 1.31 g References: O’S Type 3; Hilderbrand 72; SCBI 8 (British Museum), 22 (same dies); SCBC 6103 Some very light porosity under attractive…

Hiberno-Norse Penny, Phase I, Class D Small Cross (Sithric), 1.39g, Moneyer Ælfrel (SCBI BM 50, S 6117)

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny (Phase I, Class D – Small Cross), Sihtric of Dublin (Moneyer: ÆLFRELN of Dublin)

Date: c. 995-1015 Description: An Hiberno-Norse Phase I, Class D (Small Cross) Silver Penny. Dublin mint, moneyer: Ælfreln. Weight: 1.39 g References: SCBI BM 50, S 6117 Well-struck on a neat round flan, some die wear otherwise lightly toned and well centred. One peck mark on reverse Good VF (gVF) A scarce coin Obverse: Diademed…

Hiberno-Norse Penny, Phase I, Class A CRUX (Sithric), 21mm, 1.64g, Obv. +ZITIR– DICLIИ MELO, Rev. +ΛZCETEL O– DIFLMC (O'S 1, Hildebrand 11, SCBC 6100)

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny (Phase I, Class A – CRUX Type), Sihtric of Dublin (Moneyer: ASCETEL of Dublin)

Date: c. 995-1015 Description: An Hiberno-Norse Phase I, Class A Silver Penny. Dublin mint, moneyer: Ascetel. The bust is engraved in, what North describes as, a “Benediction Hand” style. This bust style is encountered on the very earliest coins struck in the Crux issue of Aethelred II, i.e. before the left facing bust was introduced.…

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

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

Date: c. 995-1015 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…

Hiberno-Norse Penny, Phase I, Class B, SIHTRC REX DYFLN, rev. BYRHTIOD MO RINI, 1.30g (Dolley B1b, SCBI BM 40, SCBI Copenhagen 29, Lane 7, S 6104, DF 6

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse, Phase I Silver Penny, Sihtric of Dublin (Moneyer: BYRHTIOD of Winchester)

Date: c. 995-1015 Description: An Hiberno-Norse Phase I, Class B Silver Penny. Winchester mint, moneyer: Byrhtiod. Weight: 1.30 g References: Dolley B1b, SCBI BM 40, SCBI Copenhagen 29, Lane 7, S 6104, DF 6 Well-struck on a neat round flan, a bit crimped in places, otherwise good Fine (gF) Three peck marks, suggesting transactional usage…

Hiberno-Norse Phase 1, Class A, Sihtric Silver CRUX Penny, Dublin mint, moneyer REOLECE. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny (Phase I, Class A – CRUX Type) in the name of Sihtric (REOLECE)

Date: c. 996-1001 Hiberno-Norse Phase I Silver Penny, Dublin mint, for Sihtric, King of Dublin with a Dublin mint signature (Moneyer: Reolece). An imitation of Aethelred II’s CRVX type. Weight: 1.59 g Diameter: 21 mm References: (DF 1; S 6100). Obverse legend blundered, otherwise an excellent example of this rare moneyer Good Very Fine (gVF)…

Aethelred II, Type 5 - Long Cross penny, Moneyer, Wulfmær of Castle Gotha

O’Brien Coin Guide: Anglo-Saxon Coins & Their Links To Ireland

It may come as a bit of a surprise to many that although Celtic coins have not (yet) been discovered in Ireland, there have been a lot of Roman and Anglo-Saxon coins found – especially the latter.  Conservative Irish historians have always said the Romans never got here but they rarely even mention the Anglo-Saxons…

Hiberno-Manx silver penny, viking, Phase II imitation, isle of man, feremin,

O’Brien Coin Guide: The enigma of the Hiberno-Manx Coinages of the mid-11th Century

I am frequently asked the following questions and I openly admit to struggle to answer them adequately – the negative side of being a generalist dealer (constantly buying old attic finds and selling oddments from same), as opposed to being a specialist numismatic expert like so many of my much more knowledgeable customers. Who ordered…