SF-87E18C: Early Medieval coin: penny of Offa.

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Unique ID: SF-87E18C

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Early Medieval silver penny of Offa of Mercia (757-96), Light Coinage (new variety, cf Chick 183), dating to AD c.780-792/3. moneyer: Wihtred, mint: East Anglia (Ipswich?). Ref: Chick 2010: pl. 22-3 nos 183a-183Aa; Naismith 2017: 134-5.

The coin is complete, well struck but worn.



This coin is a new variety, a variation on Chick 183 (North 336).

Coin recorded from pictures provided by the finder during the COVID-19 crisis.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 780
Date to: Circa AD 792

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.2 g
Diameter: 18 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 9th April 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: EMC 2020.0196

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Offa of Mercia
Mint or issue place: East Anglia
Category: Coin of the kings of Mercia 8th-9th centuries

Type: N 336 (CEB 113) (Light coinage, East Anglian)
Obverse description: King's name in the arms of a cross with lozenge-shaped ends each enclosing four pellets; rosette in the centre of the cross with lines forming a smaller cross.
Obverse inscription: O/FF/AR/EX
Reverse description: Cross with lozenge centre enclosing a saltire with pellet in each angle; cross arm ends are lis.
Reverse inscription: +P/E/TR/(ED)
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Hacheston

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
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Chick, D. 2010 The Coinage of Offa and His Contemporaries London Spink
Naismith, R 2017 Medieval European Coinage 8: Britain and Ireland c.400-1066 Cambridge CUP

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Updated: About one year ago

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