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Unique ID: HAMP-B8741C

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Early-Medieval silver penny of Æthelred II (978-1016), Helmet type, dating to AD 1003-1009, moneyer: Cniht / Cnit, mint: Cambridge (North 775). Ref: North 1994: 159. 


This is the first example of a Helmet type of Æthelred II from the mint at Cambridge to be recorded by the PAS. It is die-linked to a coin in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (see Naismith 2017, no 1924).

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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
Date from: Circa AD 1003
Date to: Circa AD 1009

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.13 g
Diameter: 18.56 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 28th August 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: EMC 2021.0247

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

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

Type: N 775 (Helmet) (Hild. E)
Obverse description: Bust left in armour and radiate helmet.
Obverse inscription: EÐELRED REX ANGLO
Reverse description: Long cross voided, each limb terminating in three crescents, over square with trefoil at each point.
Reverse inscription: +CN./ITM:/O.GR/ANT
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Test Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Fyfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU2946
Four figure Latitude: 51.21247249
Four figure longitude: -1.5862096
1:25K map: SU2946
1:10K map: SU24NE
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
Naismith, R 2017 Medieval European Coinage 8: Britain and Ireland c.400-1066 Cambridge CUP
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: HAMP
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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