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COIN

Unique ID: IOW-7C5124

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An early medieval silver penny of Offa of Mercia (757-96), Light Coinage (c.784/5-92), moneyer: Heabeorht (Chick 124; North 276.1), mint: Canterbury mint. Ref: Chick 2010: pl. 17, no 124a; Naismith 2017: 133-6.

The coin is in fair condition, worn and chipped.

Obverse: Central cross surrounded by inscription +O/FF/A R/EX

Reverse: Central saltire of lobes surrounded by inscription +HE(ligated).AB.EH.RT (with rosette stops)

Notes:

This appears to be only the second example of this type known, the other held in the collections of the British Museum (Naismith 2016: no 24).

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 784
Date to: Circa AD 792

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 1.03 g
Diameter: 18 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 25th May 2021

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Offa of Mercia
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: Coin of the kings of Mercia 8th-9th centuries

Type: N 276.1 (Light coinage, Cross and saltire of lobes obverse)
Obverse description: Central cross surrounded by inscription
Obverse inscription: +O/FF/A R/EX
Reverse description: Central saltire of lobes surrounded by inscription with rosette stops
Reverse inscription: +HE(ligated).AB.EH.RT
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Chick, D. 2010 The Coinage of Offa and His Contemporaries London Spink
Naismith, R 2016 Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 67: British Museum, Anglo-Saxon Coins II. Southern English Coinage from Offa to Alfred c. 760-880 London British Museum Press
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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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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