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

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Unique ID: WILT-7B3827

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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.


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


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
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

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