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GLO-9ED05D: GLO-9ED05D Early Medieval penny

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Unique ID: GLO-9ED05D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete early-medieval silver penny of Ecgberht of Wessex (802-39), Portrait/Dorob C type (c.AD828-39; North 573), moneyer uncertain. Ref: North 1994: 118.

Only the centre of the coin survives, the outer circle now missing. The uneven nature of the break suggests that this was not deliberately shaped but cracked around the inner circle, a weak point, after which the coin broke apart.

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: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 828
Date to: Circa AD 839

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 0.33 g
Diameter: 12 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th October 2017

Personal details

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Ecgberht of Wessex
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 573 (Ecgberht, Portrait/Dorob C)
Obverse description: Diademed bust facing right
Obverse inscription: no longer survives
Reverse description: Monogram of DOROB C
Reverse inscription: no longer survives
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gloucestershire (County)
District: Forest of Dean (District)
Parish or ward: Rudford and Highleadon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7723
Four figure Latitude: 51.90505921
Four figure longitude: -2.33572086
1:25K map: SO7723
1:10K map: SO72SE
Grid reference source: From 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

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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: GLO
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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