LVPL-00D776: early medieval silver penny of Cnut

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Unique ID: LVPL-00D776

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete early medieval silver penny of Cnut (1016-1035), Short Cross type (North 790) dating to c.AD 1029-1035/6, moneyer: uncertain (E...), mint: Dover. Ref: North 1994: 168, 173; cf. Naismith 2017: nos 2040-42.

The coin is missing around half of its outer circle, which is broken along the line of the inner circle. The flan is cracked and corroded.

Obverse: Bust left, diademed; in front sceptre. Legend: [CN]VT R[...]
Reverse: Short cross voided; in centre, a circle enclosing a pellet. Legend: E[  ](N) DORF


This is only the sixth example of a Cnut penny from the Dover mint recorded by the PAS (see Naylor 2021: 85-6 for discussion of late Anglo-Saxon coins from this mint and the likely circulation via maritime routes).

Finder ref.: 10-21-59

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: Exactly AD 1029
Date to: Circa AD 1036

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.61 g
Diameter: 17.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st October 2021 - Sunday 31st October 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: Cnut the Great
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: Cnut, Short Cross (N 790-4) (Hild. H)
Obverse description: Bust left, diademed; in front sceptre
Obverse inscription: [CN]VT R[...]
Reverse description: Short cross voided; in centre, a circle enclosing a pellet.

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: Sporle with Palgrave

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Naismith, R 2017 Medieval European Coinage 8: Britain and Ireland c.400-1066 Cambridge CUP
Naylor, J. 2021 50 Finds of Early Medieval Coinage Stroud Amberley
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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