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Unique ID: HAMP-940EE0

Object type certainty: Certain
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An early-medieval (Anglo-Saxon) silver halfpenny of Edward the Elder (899-924), Horizontal/Two-Line type (HT1; North 650), moneyer: Wulfheard, mint: Wessex (Winchester?). Ref: North 1994: 127.

The coin is slightly bent but otherwise complete.

Obverse: small cross pattee, EADVVEARD Rxx

Reverse: moneyer's name in two lines divided by a row of three crosses, VVIII/+++/HARD 

As BMC ii, North 650, moneyer as North 649.


Round halfpennies from the Anglo-Saxon period are very rare finds, this being the second example recorded by PAS. The moneyer Wulfheard is not listed as halfpenny moneyer by North (1994: 127) but is a known moneyer for the contemporary issues of two-line pennies and is exactly paralleled by IOW-43BDDE.

Recorded from details emailed by the finder. Also recorded on the database as EMC/SCBI NUMBER:2021.0109. 

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 899
Date to: Circa AD 924

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.6 g
Diameter: 16 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 15th April 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: MWS

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: Edward the Elder
Mint or issue place: West Saxon mint
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 650 (Two-Line, halfpenny)
Obverse description: Small cross pattee.
Obverse inscription: EADVVEARD Rxx
Reverse description: Moneyer's name in two lines divided by a row of three crosses.
Reverse inscription: VVIII/+++/HARD
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Basingstoke and Deane (District)
Parish or ward: Whitchurch (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4747
Four figure Latitude: 51.22026956
Four figure longitude: -1.32840113
1:25K map: SU4747
1:10K map: SU44NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 30 days ago

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