KENT-60B28C: Offa penny

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Unique ID: KENT-60B28C

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An incomplete early-medieval silver penny of Offa of Mercia (757-96), Light Coinage (c.765-92), mint: Canterbury, moneyer: Ealraed (not included on coin; Chick 94; North 290). Ref: North 1994: 87.

The coin is in generally good condition but the edge (12 - 3 o'clock obverse) is badly chipped.

Measurements: 16.92mm in diameter, 0.86mm thick and 1.03g in weight.


This coin does not include the moneyer's name, the reverse simply inscribed with O/F/R/M which related to Offa as king of Mercia. However, die links with this type and those of Ealraed suggest he is the moneyer responsible.

The coin also appears to be a die duplicate for Chick 94a.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Circa AD 765
Date to: Circa AD 792

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.86 mm
Weight: 1.03 g
Diameter: 16.92 mm

Personal details

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

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

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

Type: N 290 (CEB 21) (Light coinage, Portrait; Celtic cross reverse)
Obverse description: Bust facing right
Obverse inscription: OFFA R/EX
Reverse description: Celtic cross with central panel containing a small cross with a trefoil in each angle.
Reverse inscription: O/F/R/M
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Swale (District)
Parish or ward: Throwley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR0056
Four figure Latitude: 51.26805079
Four figure longitude: 0.86557765
1:25K map: TR0056
1:10K map: TR05NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Chick, D. 2010 The Coinage of Offa and His Contemporaries London Spink
North, J.J. 1994 English Hammered Coinage: Volume I. Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd

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