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IOW-1F0FB8: Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) Coin: Cut Farthing of Ethelred II

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Unique ID: IOW-1F0FB8

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete Early-Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) silver cut farthing of Ethelred II (978-1016), minted by Æthelgar at Shaftesbury or Winchester. CRVX type, 991-997. BMC. iiia Hild. C (North 1994: 159, ref: 770).

Obverse: + (cross pattée) [ÆÐELRÆD REX AN]GLOX; Bare-headed bust left, in front, a sceptre.

Reverse: [ ]ELGA[ ]; Short cross voided, [C]R[VX] in angles.

Length: 10.0mm; width: 9.2mm. Weight: 0.35g. DA=12:9.

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

Subsequent actions

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


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: Exactly AD 991
Date to: Exactly AD 997

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 10 mm
Width: 9.2 mm
Weight: 0.35 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd December 2019 - Sunday 22nd December 2019

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2019-2-245

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Cut farthing
Ruler/issuer: Æthelred the Unready
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: N 770 (Crux) (Hild. C)
Obverse description: Bare-headed bust left, in front, a sceptre
Obverse inscription: + (cross pattée) [ÆÐELRÆD REX AN]GLOX
Reverse description: Short cross voided, [C]R[VX] in angles
Reverse inscription: [ ]ELGA[ ]
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely 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
North, J.J. 1994 English Hammered Coinage: Volume I. Early Anglo-Saxon to Henry III, c. 600-1272 London Spink and Son Ltd 159 770

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