WILT-7B3827: Early-Medieval coin : Penny of Alfred

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COIN

Unique ID: WILT-7B3827

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Early-Medieval silver penny of Alfred, measuring 20mm in diameter and weighing 1.51g.It has a die axis of 6 and slight wear.

Obverse: Small cross pattée
ΛELF RE + DRE ΛE are ligatured
Reverse: Pellet
VVLF RED in two lines

Mint: Probably Winchester, c.890

Reference: Brooke type 6; North 639. It is uncertain whether this is an official issue or good Viking copy.

Notes:

The weight of the coin (1.51g) is indicative that this is most likely an official issue from Winchester. Viking copies rarely weight more than 1.45g (Blackburn 1989: 17).

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

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 880
Date to: Circa AD 899

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.51 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 2nd August 2011 - Tuesday 4th October 2011

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Salisbury Museum Entry Form 3781; EMC 2012.0271

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Alfred the Great
Mint or issue place: Winchester
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 639 (Two-Line (Winchester))
Obverse description: Small cross pattée
Obverse inscription: ΛELF RE + DRE ΛE are ligatured
Reverse description: Pellet
Reverse inscription: VVLF RED in two lines
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Salisbury

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
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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