HAMP-B5C395: Early-medieval coin : penny of Cuthred

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Unique ID: HAMP-B5C395

Object type certainty: Certain
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An early-medieval silver penny of Cuthred, King of Kent (dating to 798-807), portrait type (BMC 4-10), struck by Sigeberht at Canterbury and dating to 805-7.
Reference: North 211

Martin Allen has also recorded the coin on the Fitzwilliam Museum's Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds (EMC) as EMC 2018.0127. He comments, 'This is a coin of King Cuthred of Kent (798-807), from the last phase of his coinage, 805-807. The mint is Canterbury, as with all of Cuthred's coins, and the moneyer is Sigeberht, named as +SIGEBERHTI MONETA on the reverse. Rory Naismith's book The Coinage of Southern England 796-865 lists nine coins of Sigeberht in tbis type (C33.1, part of North no. 211), but the drapery of the king's bust on your coin is unlike any other coin of Cuthred in this book' (pers. comm. to the finder, April 2018).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 805
Date to: Circa AD 807

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.13 g
Diameter: 18.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 5th April 2018 - Thursday 5th April 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Dr Martin Allen

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Cuthred of Kent
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: Penny of the kings of Kent 8th-9th centuries

Type: N 211 (Cuthred; portrait; rev. cross)
Obverse description: Diademed bust right, wearing fish-scale armour.
Obverse inscription: +CUTHRED REX CANT
Reverse description: Eight-armed star, the arms terminating alternately in triangular wedges and pellets.
Reverse inscription: +SIGEBERHTI MONETA
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Hart (District)
Parish or ward: Greywell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU7050
Four figure Latitude: 51.24488888
Four figure longitude: -0.99852989
1:25K map: SU7050
1:10K map: SU75SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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