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Unique ID: SUSS-E27A67

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An incomplete silver Early Medieval circumscription cross penny of Aethelstan (924-939 AD). The letters in the legends on both the obverse and reverse are oriented in a combination of retrograde, backwards and right-side-up and right-side-up (see below).

Obverse: EDELSTA[...]

Reverse: [...]RTALVII[...]

For obverse: EDEL(retrograde), S(backwards), TA (right-side-up)

For reverse: R(retrograde), TA(right-side-up), L (right-side-up, but backwards), A I I (retrograde)

Notes:

According to National Finds Advisor John Naylor (pers. comm. 16.3.12): 'There are a number of known coins of Aethelstan with retrograde inscriptions (including circumscription cross types), and this fits well into the pattern. The most similar...is EMC 1009.0334 although the reverse does appear at least partly different...'.

More information forthcoming.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 924
Date to: Circa AD 939

Dimensions and weight

Length: 19.8 mm
Width: 12.02 mm
Thickness: 0.91 mm
Weight: 0.51 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 30th July 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Toby Bowman - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Miss Stephanie Smith - [view all attributed records]
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor - [ view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Submitted for recording at ITV Arundel Castle Event, No. 235.

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Ruler/issuer: Athelstan of England [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066 [ scope notes | view all attributed records]
Type: Æthelstan, Circumscription Cross (N 671/N 672) [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Obverse description: Circumscription cross
Obverse inscription: EDELSTA[...]
Reverse description: Circumscription cross
Reverse inscription: [...]RTALVII[...]
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: South East
County: Oxfordshire
District: Vale Of White Horse
To be known as: Letcombe Regis

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: Monday 12th March 2012
Updated: Monday 19th March 2012

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