IOW-1819EC: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon): Penny of Ecgberht

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Unique ID: IOW-1819EC

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete and bent Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) silver penny of Ecgberht, king of Wessex (802-839). Non-portrait type, dating to the period c. 828-839 (North 589; Naismith W4). Minted by Beornehart at the West Saxon mint (probably Winchester). Initial marks: cross pattée/cross pattée. Ref: North 1994: 119; Naismith 2011.

Obverse inscription starts at 3 o' clock.

Obverse: +ECGBEORHT REX; In centre SAXON irregularly placed.

Reverse: +BEORNEH[A]RT; Cross pattée.

Diameter: 19.0mm. Weight: 1.36g.

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

R. Naismith (2011), The Coinage of Southern England 796-865, British Numismatic Society.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Circa AD 828
Date to: Circa AD 839

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.36 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 9th August 2019 - Friday 9th August 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2019-7-283

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Ecgberht of Wessex
Mint or issue place: West Saxon mint
Category: Coin of the kings of Wessex 9th-10th centuries

Type: N 589 (Ecgberht, West Saxon Mint)
Obverse description: In centre SAXON irregularly placed essentially three lines: x / SAO / N
Obverse inscription: +ECGBEORHT REX
Reverse description: Cross pattée
Reverse inscription: +BEORNEH[A]RT
Degree of wear: Worn: 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
Naismith, R 2011 The Coinage of Southern England 796-865 London British Numismatic Society
North, J.J. 1994 English Hammered Coinage: Volume I. Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd 119, ref: 589

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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