YORYM-B2F526: Early-medieval Coin : Sceat of Alchred of Northumbria

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Unique ID: YORYM-B2F526

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An early medieval (Anglo-Saxon) base silver sceat of Alchred of Northumbria dating to the period AD 765 - 774. Quadruped type; Series Y. Mint of Northumbria, possibly York or East Riding.

Abramson, p.45, no.Y590.


Sceattas of Alchred are uncommon. 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.

A parallel for this coin has been recorded as YORYM-428AF6.

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 14.4 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E04589

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Sceat
Ruler/issuer: Alhred of Northumbria
Mint or issue place: Northumbria
Category: Styca of Northumbria and York

Type: N 179 (Series Y: Alhred)
Obverse description: Central Cross Pattée
Obverse inscription: ALCHDER (retrograde)
Reverse description: Quadruped with horns standing right, foreleg raised, pointed tail with cross pattée below
Reverse inscription: None
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Pocklington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE7950
Four figure Latitude: 53.94009431
Four figure longitude: -0.79802777
1:25K map: SE7950
1:10K map: SE75SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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

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