IOW-43BDDE: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Coin: Halfpenny of Edward the Elder

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Unique ID: IOW-43BDDE

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) silver halfpenny of Edward the Elder (899-924), minted by Wulfheard (North 1994: 127, ref: 650).

Obverse: EADVV[ ]EARD RE; Small cross pattée

Reverse: VVIIIo/+++/IIARD (name in two lines divided by a row of three crosses)

Diameter: 16.1mm. Weight: 0.67g.

North, J. J. 1994. English Hammered Coinage, Volume I, Early Anglo Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272. Spink & Son, London.


Round halfpennies from the Anglo-Saxon period are very rare finds, this being the first recorded by PAS. The moneyer Wulfheard is not listed as halfpenny moneyer by North (1994: 127) but is a known moneyer for the contemporary issues of two-line pennies.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Exactly AD 899
Date to: Exactly AD 924

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.67 g
Diameter: 16.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 30th September 2015 - Wednesday 30th September 2015

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2015-2-410

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: Edward the Elder
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 650 (Two-Line, halfpenny)
Obverse description: Small cross pattée
Obverse inscription: EADVV[ ]EARD RE
Reverse description: VVIIIo/+++/IIARD (name in two lines divided by a row of three crosses)
Reverse inscription: VVIIIo/+++/IIARD
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
North, J.J. 1994 English Hammered Coinage: Volume I. Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd 127 650

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

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