IOW-FA69C3: Early Medieval Coin: Halfpenny of Eadwig.

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Unique ID: IOW-FA69C3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete halfpenny of Eadwig, King of all England AD 955-957, of Wessex AD 957-959. Early Medieval Corpus of Coins: EMC no. 2006.0203.


Martin Allen has commented that the coin is 'a type showing two vertical limbs radiating from a central pellet, with a small cross pattée at the end of each limb and WIN horizontally across the field. This type is known from a coin of Eadwig (955-959) in the Fitzwilliam Museum (North 1994, 146, no. 740/3, Pl. 12, 11) and a coin of Eadgar found in London no later than 1842, which is now lost (Blunt 1961, 44, 46-7, Pl. III, 14-15; Blunt, Lyon and Stewart 1989, 204, 206, Pl. 25, 395).'

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: AD 955
Date to: AD 959

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.56 g
Diameter: 16 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 3rd May 2006

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2006-40-49; EMC no. 2006.0203

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: Eadwig of England
Mint or issue place: Winchester
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Obverse description: Small cross pattee
Obverse inscription: EADWIG REX
Reverse description: WIN across field divided by a vertical line with a pellet in centre and a cross at each end.
Reverse inscription: W/IN
Initial mark: Small cross
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

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

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
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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 146, Pl. 12, 11 740/3

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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