DENO-7A0AF7: Early medieval coin: Viking penny

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An incomplete silver early medieval penny of the Vikings possibly minted in the name of Sihtric (c. 921-927), imitating coins issued in the name of St Peter, Phase 1 or 2, Two-Line (Horizontal), (North 551 or 553), minted in York, c.905-920. Diameter 18.4mm, Thickness 0.6mm. Weight 0.93g,

The coin is influenced by the Swordless St Peter type, which are inscribed with SCI PETRIMO (cf North 551) or a blundered form of this. Megan Gooch says these letters "get more random as shapes such as the key find a home in the field and take up design space". pers. comm 8/4/2019.

However, Gareth Williams says the inscription is closer to Sihtric than St Peter, but "in the case of imitative die-cutting which is not entirely literate, it does not have to be either/or, but could draw from both". Many coins of this period appear to have inscriptions derived from Edward the Elder as well as St Peter and it is possible that this example was influenced by coins of Sihtric and St Peter. This would not fit well with established chronology of these coin types - Sihtric's coinage are currently thought to begin after swordless types stop being minted - although it is not possible to assign hard exact dates to the types anyway. Unfortunately, the coin is incomplete and is missing a letter or letters that might give more of an indication of its origins. Gareth Williams pers comm 8/4/2019.

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 905
Date to: Circa AD 927

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 0.93 g
Diameter: 18.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 5th January 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E8928

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Anonymous (St Peter of York)
Mint or issue place: York
Category: Coin of the Viking invaders 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 551 (St Peter, Phase I, Two-Line (Horizontal))
Obverse description: Legend in two lines; cross and key in the field.
Obverse inscription: SThIC
Reverse description: Small cross pattee.
Reverse inscription: EBORICE C[IV]
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Bassetlaw (District)
Parish or ward: Walkeringham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7593
Four figure Latitude: 53.42846558
Four figure longitude: -0.87271028
1:25K map: SK7593
1:10K map: SK79SE
Grid reference source: GPS (From FLO)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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