SUSS-E27A67: Early Medieval Penny of Aethelstan

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Unique ID: SUSS-E27A67

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An incomplete silver Early Medieval circumscription cross penny of Aethelstan (924-939 AD). The letters in the legends on both the obverse and reverse are oriented in a combination of retrograde, backwards and right-side-up and right-side-up (see below).

Obverse: EDELSTA[...]

Reverse: [...]RTALVII[...]

For obverse: EDEL(retrograde), S(backwards), TA (right-side-up)

For reverse: R(retrograde), TA(right-side-up), L (right-side-up, but backwards), A I I (retrograde)


According to National Finds Advisor John Naylor (pers. comm. 16.3.12): 'There are a number of known coins of Aethelstan with retrograde inscriptions (including circumscription cross types), and this fits well into the pattern. The most EMC 1009.0334 although the reverse does appear at least partly different...'.

More information forthcoming.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 924
Date to: Circa AD 939

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.8 mm
Width: 12.02 mm
Thickness: 0.91 mm
Weight: 0.51 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 30th July 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Toby Bowman
Identified by: Miss Stephanie Smith
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Submitted for recording at ITV Arundel Castle Event, No. 235.

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Athelstan of England
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: Æthelstan, Circumscription Cross (N 671/N 672)
Obverse description: Circumscription cross
Obverse inscription: EDELSTA[...] Reverse description: Circumscription cross
Reverse inscription: [...]RTALVII[...]
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Vale of White Horse (District)
To be known as: Letcombe Regis

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: Listed as from Weekend Wanderers Rally in August 2007
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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