OXON-89377C: Early Medieval coin: penny of Alfred the Great of Wessex

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Unique ID: OXON-89377C

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete Early Medieval silver penny of Alfred the Great of Wessex (AD 871-99) dating to c.AD 871-5. Lunettes 'type A' (unbroken). Moneyer: Bosa at Cantebury. North (1994: 123) No. 625. Lyons and Mackay 2008: 44; 46-7.

A small piece of the flan has broken away in old damage between 8 and 10 as seen on the obverse.


This find was recorded by images and information provided by the finder, not seen by the FLO.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 871
Date to: Circa AD 875

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.23 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 7th April 2020 - Monday 7th September 2020

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Alfred the Great
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 625 (Alfred, Lunette (unbroken))
Obverse description: Diademed bust right
Obverse inscription: REX+AELBRED
Reverse description: Moneyers name in three lines in and between two lunettes
Reverse inscription: MON/+BOSA/•ETA
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Cuddesdon and Denton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP6003
Four figure Latitude: 51.72252131
Four figure longitude: -1.13278676
1:25K map: SP6003
1:10K map: SP60SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Lyons, A.W. and Makcay, W. 2008 The Lunettes coinage of Alfred the Great London British Numismatic Society
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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Audit data

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

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