OXON-B49585: Early Medieval coin: penny of Plegmund

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Unique ID: OXON-B49585

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A damaged and incomplete Early Medieval silver penny of Plegmund, Archbishop of Canterbury (AD 890-923), Two-Line/Horizontal type, Class I (c. AD890-95; North 254/BMC 63), moneyer: Hunferth, mint: Canterbury. Ref: North 1994: 80. 

The coin has a small chip at 2 o'clock on the obverse. It then has more severe chips along its circumference between 6 and 10 o'clock with a small irregular hole just below the centre at 6 o'clock. The coin is also bent into a shallow V-shape being bent between 10 and 5 o'clock as seen from the reverse.


This is only the third penny of Archbishop Plegmund recorded by the PAS. The others can be found at KENT-94F984 and LANCUM-2C14A4. It is the first PAS have recorded from Oxfordshire.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 890
Date to: Circa AD 923

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 1.35 g
Diameter: 21.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st September 2019 - Friday 13th March 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: OMS receipt 2331

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Archbishop Plegmund of Canterbury
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: Penny of the Archbishops of Canterbury 8th-9th century

Type: N 254 (Abp Plegmund, Class I, DORO)
Obverse description: DO/RO at centre
Obverse inscription: +PLEGMVND ARCHIEP
Reverse description: Inscription in two lines divided by three cross pattée and dot above.
Reverse inscription: HVNFR/EÐ MO (lozenge-shaped O)
Die axis measurement: 2 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Vale of White Horse (District)
Parish or ward: Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU3995
Four figure Latitude: 51.65244492
Four figure longitude: -1.43767284
1:25K map: SU3995
1:10K map: SU39NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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

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Audit data

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

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