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BH-C48D20: Early Medieval penny of Athelred II

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Unique ID: BH-C48D20

Object type certainty: Certain
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An early-medieval silver penny of Aethelred II (978-1016), First Hand type (979-985; North 766), mint: Cambridge (GRANT), moneyer: Wilmund (PILMVND). Ref: North 1994: 158.


This appears to be the first PAS-recorded example of a First Hand type of Aethelred II from the mint at Cambridge. It is die-linked to a coin in the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow (SCBI 2, no.785; online at EMC 1002.0785).

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: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Circa AD 979
Date to: Circa AD 985

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.7 g
Diameter: 21 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st February 2017

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: EMC 2018.0109

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Æthelred the Unready
Mint or issue place: Cambridge
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: N 766 (First Hand) (Hild. B1)
Obverse description: Pearl-diademed, draped bust right
Obverse inscription: ÆÐELRED REX ANGLOR (OR ligated)
Reverse description: Hand of god, flanked by omega (left) and alpha (right)
Reverse inscription: +PILMVND'MONETA.GRANT (NE ligated)
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: North Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Therfield (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL3337
Four figure Latitude: 52.01549447
Four figure longitude: -0.06336179
1:25K map: TL3337
1:10K map: TL33NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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