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DOR-989FF4: Early-Medeival coin: Cur halfpenny of Aethelred II

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Unique ID: DOR-989FF4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An early-medieval cut halfpenny of Aethelred II (978 - 1016), 'Last Small Cross' type (c.AD1009-17North 777), mint and moneyer uncertain (possibly Aelfgar at Tamworth. Ref: North 1994: 160-1). 

The bust style (only the back of the head visible) belongs to North's (1994: 161) 'West Midlands' type. The reverse inscription [ ]LFGAR ON[ ] is most likely to represent the moneyer Aelfgar at the mint in Tamworth. 

Date: Late Early-Medieval
Diameter: 18.38 mm
Weight: 0.68 g
Die axis: 5

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1009
Date to: Circa AD 1017

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.68 g
Diameter: 18.38 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 018094

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Cut halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: Æthelred the Unready
Mint or issue place: Tamworth
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: N 777 (Last Small Cross) (Hild. A)
Obverse description: Diademed bust, left
Obverse inscription: [ ]ĐELRÆD R[ ]
Reverse description: small cross in centre of reverse
Reverse inscription: [ ]LFGAR ON[ ]
Die axis measurement: 5 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Stalbridge (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST7117
Four figure Latitude: 50.95169649
Four figure longitude: -2.41421701
1:25K map: ST7117
1:10K map: ST71NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1994 English Hammered Coinage: Volume I. Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd

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Recording Institution: DOR
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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