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BUC-1E1B69: Early medieval coin: Penny of Aethelred II

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Unique ID: BUC-1E1B69

Object type certainty: Certain
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An early medieval silver penny of Aethelred II (AD 978-1016), helmet type dating to c.1003-1009). North 1991 volume I, page 159 number 775. The coin is damaged and worn, and part of the coin has been reattached by the finder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1003
Date to: Circa AD 1009

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 9.5 mm
Width: 8.9 mm
Weight: 1.15 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 2nd September 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: AYBCM 5205

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 775 (Helmet) (Hild. E)
Obverse description: Bust left in armour and radiate helmet
Obverse inscription: '+ÆÐELRÆDREXAN
Reverse description: Long cross voided, each limb terminating in three crescents, over square with trefoil at each point
Reverse inscription: '+PVLFSTANMO[LV]ND
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
Parish or ward: Quainton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7320
Four figure Latitude: 51.87380342
Four figure longitude: -0.94104536
1:25K map: SP7320
1:10K map: SP72SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Date find submitted for recording
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1980 English Hammered Coinage: Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III c. 600-1272 London Spink & Son London Page 159, Number 775

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BUC
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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