IOW-657916: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Coin: Penny of Edward the Martyr

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Unique ID: IOW-657916

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) silver penny of Edward the Martyr (975-978), minted by Aelfstan at Canterbury, c. 975-978; North 763. Ref: North 1994: 157-158.

Obverse: +EADPEARD REX ANGLORX (DP blundered, NG and ORX ligated); Diademed bust left.

Reverse: +ÆLFSTAN M‾O CANT; Small cross pattée.

Diameter: 19.5mm. Weight: 1.47g. DA=12:3.

North, J.J. 1994. English Hammered Coinage, Volume I, Early Anglo Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272. Spink & Son, London.


This is the first PAS-recorded coin of Edward the Martyr from the Canterbury mint.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
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 975
Date to: Circa AD 978

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.47 g
Diameter: 19.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th April 2018 - Sunday 8th April 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-7-97

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Edward the Martyr
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: N 763 (Edward Martyr's Small Cross)
Obverse description: Diademed bust left
Obverse inscription: +EADPEARD REX ANGLORX (DP blundered, NG and ORX ligated
Reverse description: Small cross pattée
Reverse inscription: +ÆLFSTAN M‾O CANT
Initial mark: Cross pattée
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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 157-158 763

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Audit data

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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