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Unique ID: SF-5AC754

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete silver early medieval penny of Aethelred II, dating to the period AD 979-985. First hand. Minted by Aelfstan of London.

BMC iia; Hild. B1; North vol.I, no.766

EMC 2022.0020.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 979
Date to: Exactly AD 985

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.21 mm
Weight: 1.49 g
Diameter: 20.76 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st August 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: EMC 2022.0020

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: London
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: N 766 (First Hand) (Hild. B1)
Obverse description: Diademed bust right
Obverse inscription: +AEDELRED REX ANG LOX
Reverse description: Hand of providence issuing from the clouds; a sides A W. The first S is reversed
Reverse inscription: +AELFSTAN HO LVNDO
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Henley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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