LIN-278218: Silver penny of Offa

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Unique ID: LIN-278218

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An early-medeival silver penny of Offa of Mercia (757-96), Heavy coinage (North 320; Chick 239), mint: Canterbury, moneyer: Osmod. Refs: North 1994: 89; Chick 2010; this coin alsso published as Naismith and Naylor 2012 no. 27.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Circa AD 792
Date to: Circa AD 796

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Diameter: 18 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st April 2011

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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 320 (Heavy coinage)
Obverse description: +OFFA between two plain lines across the field with REX below and M above, all enclosed in a circle of pellets. Futher pellets are located between the arches of the letter M, outside the arches, before OFFA, between the letters 'F' at the base, below the letter A, and in the left and lower angle of the letter X.
Obverse inscription: M/+OFFA/REX
Reverse description: Moneyer's name across the field between two lines with ornaments above and below. Pellets between some lettters.
Reverse inscription: OSMOD
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: South Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Irnham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Chick, D. 2010 The Coinage of Offa and His Contemporaries London Spink
Naismith, R. and Naylor, J. 2012 New type and finds for Offa of Mercia London British Numismatic Society
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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Updated: 5 years ago

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