WAW-A5B442: Early Medieval coin: penny of Wulfred (Obverse and reverse).

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Unique ID: WAW-A5B442

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Early Medieval coin: silver penny of Archbishop Wulfred of Canterbury, 'Baldred type' (c.823-5; North 239; Naismith C68) minted in Canterbury by moneyer Swefherd. Ref: North 1994: 79; Naismith 2011.

The flan is incomplete, missing the outer beaded edge from 5 o'clock to 9 o'clock (obverse).

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
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Circa AD 823
Date to: Circa AD 825

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.17 g
Diameter: 20.74 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th May 2016 - Sunday 15th May 2016

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Archbishop Wulfred of Canterbury
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: Penny of the Archbishops of Canterbury 8th-9th century

Type: N 239 (Abp Wulfred Group VI Baldred type)
Obverse description: New tonsured facing bust within inner circle.
Obverse inscription: [V]VLFRED ARCHIEPIS
Reverse description: DRVR / CITS within inner circle.
Reverse inscription: SVVEFHERD MONET (NE ligated)
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Hinckley and Bosworth (District)
Parish or ward: Witherley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP3298
Four figure Latitude: 52.57887811
Four figure longitude: -1.52920054
1:25K map: SP3298
1:10K map: SP39NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Naismith, R 2011 The Coinage of Southern England 796-865 London British Numismatic Society
North, J.J. 1994 English Hammered Coinage: Volume I. Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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