DOR-A6A573: Early Medieval coin: Penny of Offa of Mercia

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Unique ID: DOR-A6A573

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An early medieval silver penny of Offa of Mercia (757 - 796) dating to c. 784 - c. 792. Cross crosslet obverse type, moneyer: Babba, mint: Canterbury (North 266; Chick 89). References: North 1994: 83; Chick 2010: pl. 12.
Diameter: 17.50 mm
Weight: 1.03 g
Die axis: 3

This is similar to two examples recorded in the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds: EMC/SCBI Number 1992.76321 and EMC/SCBI Number 2018.0396

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: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 784
Date to: Circa AD 792

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.03 g
Diameter: 17.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 25th September 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 0195601

Materials and construction

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

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 266 (CEB 7) (Light coinage, Crosslet obverse)
Obverse description: Cross crosslet with circle around the centre
Obverse inscription: OFFA
Reverse description: Cross crosslet, rosette of pellets in centre
Reverse inscription: BABBA
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Tarrant Hinton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9310
Four figure Latitude: 50.88944159
Four figure longitude: -2.10088937
1:25K map: ST9310
1:10K map: ST91SW
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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 26 days ago

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