SF-BEFB73: Early Medieval coin: base silver penny of Alfred the Great

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Unique ID: SF-BEFB73

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An early-medieval base silver penny of Alfred the Great of Wessex (871-99), Lunettes type (c.871-5; obverse Lyons and Mackay group 1 variant II; reverse: Lunettes C), moneyer: Biarnmod at uncertain southern mint. North 627 (lunettes broken at angles). Ref: North 1994; Lyons and Mackay 2008: 44; 46-7.

A small piece of the flan has broken away in old damage.


The obverse of this coin is in Lyons & Mackay's Group 1: Wessex Lunettes, variant II, standard bonnet 2, not seen for this moneyer previously.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 871
Date to: Circa AD 875

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.97 g
Diameter: 19.39 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th November 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: EMC 2018.0413

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Alfred the Great
Mint or issue place: Southern England
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 627 (Alfred, Lunette (broken at angles))
Obverse description: Diademed bust right
Obverse inscription: +AELBRED REX
Reverse description: Moneyers name in three lines in and between two lunettes
Reverse inscription: OD MO/BIARNM/NETA
Initial mark: Plain cross

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Exning

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

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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