WILT-32A8B3: Early-medieval coin: Penny of Ecgberht

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Unique ID: WILT-32A8B3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An early medievalsilver penny of Ecgberht King of Wessex (802-839) of non-portrait type with 'SAXON' monograph on reverse (North 589; Naismith W12); minted by Wihtnoth at the 'West Saxon'mint (probably Winchester),dating c.828-839.

ECGBEORHT REX obverse type depicting legend surrounding a circle of pellets with Saxon written in the centre (S is reversed). VVIHTNOD-MOE reverse type depicting legend surrounding a circle of pellets with a cross in the centre. Edges of both sides have a circle of pellets. Initial mark is a cross pattee. Moneyer Winoth (or Wihtnoth) West Saxon mint (Winchester). North Vol I page 88, no 589.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Exactly AD 828
Date to: Exactly AD 839

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.4 g
Diameter: 20.46 mm

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Alyson Tanner
Identified by: Mrs Alyson Tanner
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Other reference numbers

Other reference: WHM 4269

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Ecgberht of Wessex
Mint or issue place: West Saxon mint
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 589 (Ecgberht, West Saxon Mint)
Obverse description: Legend between two circles of pellets with the word Saxon irregularly placed in centre (and with S reversed).
Obverse inscription: ECGBEORHT REX
Reverse description: Legend between two circles of pellets with a cross in the centre.
Reverse inscription: VVIHTNOD-MOE
Initial mark: Cross pattee
Die axis measurement: 11 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

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: Warminster

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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