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SUSS-09C7FD: silver penny of Ethelred II

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Unique ID: SUSS-09C7FD

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete early medieval (Anglo-Saxon) silver penny of Æthelred II (978-1016), Long Cross type (North 774) dating c.AD 997-1003, moneyer: Godleof, mint: Stamford. Ref: North 1994: 159.

The coin is missing a part of the outer edge and field, removing approximately 20% of the inscription.

Obverse:  Bare-headed bust left.  Æ[ÐELRÆD]REXANGL.

Reverse: Long cross voided with each limb terminating in three crescents. +GOD/ELEO/FM.../.STAN

The spelling of the moneyer's name is paralleled by three coins in Norwegian museum collections (Screen 2013: nos 786-8). Those three coins are all die-linked but there is no die link with this coin. 

Diameter: 19.61mm; thickness: 0.95mm and weight: 1.22g.


This is only the third penny of Æthelred II struck at Stamford to be recorded by the PAS and the first from East Sussex.

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 997
Date to: Circa AD 1003

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.95 mm
Weight: 1.22 g
Diameter: 19.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 26th October 2019

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

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

Type: N 774 (Long Cross) (Hild. D)
Obverse description: Bare-headed bust left.
Obverse inscription: +Æ[ÐEL]RÆD]EXANGL (NG ligated pellet after G and L)
Reverse description: Long cross voided with each limb terminating in three crescents.
Reverse inscription: +GOD/ELEO/FM.../STAN
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
To be known as: near Chichester

Spatial coordinates

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
North, J.J. 1994 English Hammered Coinage: Volume I. Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd 159 774
Screen, E. 2013 Sylloge of the Coins of the British Isles 65: Norwegian Collections Part 1 Anglo-Saxon to 1016 Oxford The British Academy

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: About one month ago

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