HAMP-1716F0: Late Early-Medieval coin : penny of Edward the Martyr

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COIN

Unique ID: HAMP-1716F0

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A late Early-Medieval (Anglo Saxon) penny of Edward the Martyr (AD 975-8); 'small cross' type (North 763); moneyer: Seaxbeorht (Sehxbyryht); mint: Lewes. Ref: North 1994: 157-8.

The coin shows slightly odd wear patterns with the bust on the obverse and a small patch of the inscription very worn in comparison to the rest of the coin, with the wear in the inscription mirrored with similar wear on the reverse.

Notes:

The coinage of Edward the Matryr is rare, PAS having recorded only 19 examples to date (21-4-15), this being the first from the Lewes mint. The moneyer Seaxbeorht (Sehxbyryht) is listed on only a single coin on EMC (1002.0742) from the Glasgow collection (SCBI 2 no. 742). This coin appears to be a die duplicate.

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

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Circa AD 975
Date to: Circa AD 978

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.36 g
Diameter: 20.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 10th December 2014 - Wednesday 11th March 2015

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Entry Form 4252

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Edward the Martyr
Mint or issue place: Lewes
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: N 763 (Edward Martyr's Small Cross)
Obverse description: Diademed bust left. The bust and a patch of the inscription at about 5 o'clock is markedly more worn than the rest of coin (as if it had been rubbed)
Obverse inscription: +EADPEARD [R]EX ANGLORX (ORX ligated)
Reverse description: Small cross pattée. A patch of the inscription at about 3 o'clock is markedly more worn than the rest of the reverse.
Reverse inscription: +SEHX[B]YRYHT M_O LAEV.(AE ligated)
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Cassington

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1980 English Hammered Coinage: Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III c. 600-1272 London Spink & Son London 157 763

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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