YORYM-428AF6: Styca : Early Medieval

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Unique ID: YORYM-428AF6

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An early medieval (Anglo-Saxon) base silver sceat of Alchred of Northumbria (AD 765-774); quadruped type; Series Y, mint: Northumbria, possibly York or East Riding.

Abramson, P 45, No Y590.


Sceattas of Alchred are uncommon, the only other certain PAS find a non-pictorial type (LVPL-672346). 23 are listed by EMC for which two (2008.088 and 2012.0041) also have a similar retrograde inscription but neither are die duplicates for this coin although are for each other. The silver content of Northumbrian sceattas declines greatly and it appears that this is simply base silver rather than contemporary counterfeit striking on a base core which was then plated (as is seen on a substantial number of sceattas). EMC2012.0041 also shows some evidence for corrosion.

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: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 765
Date to: Exactly AD 774

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.91 g
Diameter: 13.51 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Styca
Ruler/issuer: Alchred of Northumbria and Archbishop Ecgberht of York
Mint or issue place: Northumbria
Category: Styca of Northumbria and York

Type: N 193 Archbishop Ecgberht with Alchred
Obverse description: Central Cross Pattée
Obverse inscription: ALCHDER+
Reverse description: quadruped with horns standing right, foreleg raised, pointed tail with cross pattée below.
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Hambleton (District)
Parish or ward: West Tanfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE2779
Four figure Latitude: 54.20603886
Four figure longitude: -1.58756053
1:25K map: SE2779
1:10K map: SE27NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Abramson, T. 2006 Sceattas - An Illustrated Guide: Anglo-Saxon Coins and Icons Norfolk Heritage Marketing and Publications Ltd 45 Y590

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Audit data

Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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