NLM-792841: Early Medieval coin: penny of Aethilheard, Archbishop of Canterbury

Rights Holder: North Lincolnshire Museum
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: NLM-792841

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An early medieval silver penny of Aethelheard, Archbishop of Canterbury (793-805) with Coenwulf of Mercia (796-821) as overlord, dating to c.AD798-805, mint: Canterbury (North 232; Naismith C22.1). Refs: North 1994: 78; Naismith 2011: plates 15-16.

Obverse description: 'ep' and short line above in centre within inner circle; legend around.

Obverse inscription: [five pellets forming cross] AEDILHEARD.A.R.

Reverse description: 'm' with line above in centre within inner central circle; legend around.

Reverse inscription: [five pellets forming cross] COENVVL:F R:EX

Diameter: 19.3mm, Weight: 1.36gms, die axis: 9


With thanks to the finder for help with the identification of this coin. 

Pennies of Aethelheard with Conwulf are rare finds and fewer than ten have been recorded by the PAS to date. This is the first PAS-recorded example to have come from Lincolnshire.

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: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Exactly AD 798
Date to: Exactly AD 805

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.36 g
Diameter: 19.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 23rd May 2021

Personal details

This information is restricted for your access level.

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM46629

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Archbishop Aethelheard of Canterbury and Coenwulf of Mercia
Category: Penny of the Archbishops of Canterbury 8th-9th century

Obverse description: Legend around central EP and short line within inner circle
Obverse inscription: AEDILHEARD.A.R.
Reverse description: symmetrical Y-shaped figure with line over within inner central circle; legend round.
Reverse inscription: [five pellets] COENVVL:F R:EX
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Burwell

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

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: HAMP-C26EE4
Object type: COIN
An Early-Medieval penny of Aethelheard (793-805), Archbishop of Canterbury, third issue with Coenwulf as overlord (dating to 798-805). Obvers…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: LEIC-83423A
Object type: COIN
Early Medieval silver penny fragment, Archbishop Aethelheard (793-805), minting for Coenwulf (796-821). Obv. AE[THELHEARD ]AR rev. [COENWV…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: GLO-7FA598
Object type: COIN
~~An Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) silver penny of Archbishop Aethelheard of Canterbury with Coenwulf as overlord, 793-805. Initial marks: cro…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 7 months ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.