SF-05E1F4: Early Medieval coin: silver hammered penny of Offa

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Unique ID: SF-05E1F4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver early-medieval penny of Offa (757-796), Light Coinage portrait type (Chick 179var),dating c.780/5-792/3, moneyer Wihtred (Pihtred), East Anglian mint (probably Ipswich). Ref: Chick 2010: 138-9.

Obverse: draped bust right within inner pelleted border, +OFFA+REX+. Reverse: floriate cross crosslet with lozenge shaped centre, within which is a flower, moneyers name in angles around, +PI/IH/TR/Ed.


The coin broadly belongs on the group Chick 178-80, with the reverse type closest to Chick 179. The obverse bust is a variation on those listed with pellet hair and different eye shape, perhaps modelled on the more elaborate but similar style seen on coins of the moneyer Pehtwald at Canterbury (e.g. Chick 126-7).

This coin has been recorded on the EMC as 2018.0226. It is unpublished in North, but one other example is listed in Chick's publication (also recorded on the EMC, see 2010.0339). With thanks to Dr Martin Allen (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) for his help in identifying this coin.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 780
Date to: Circa AD 792

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.27 g
Diameter: 17.19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 18th July 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Other reference numbers

Other reference: EMC 2018.0226

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Offa of Mercia
Mint or issue place: East Anglia
Category: Coin of the kings of Mercia 8th-9th centuries

Type: Offa, Light Coinage, East Anglia Chick 179
Obverse description: Draped bust right with pellet hair
Obverse inscription: +OFFA+REX+
Reverse description: Floriate cross crosslet with lozenge shaped centre, within which is a flower, moneyers name in angles around
Reverse inscription: +PI/IH/TR/Ed
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Eyke

Spatial coordinates

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

No references cited so far.

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