- Museum number
Silver coin. (whole)
Name of ruler at ends of, and between, arms of patriarchal-type cross with pellets in angles of smaller intersection, quatrefoils of pellets between letters. (obverse)
Inscription with quatrefoils of pellets between letters. Small cross pattée with a pellet in two angles. (reverse)
- Production date
- 900 (c.)
Diameter: 21 millimetres
Weight: 1.400 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Graham-Campbell 1980
Presented by H. M. Queen Victoria ex Cuerdale, Lancashire, England hoard found in 1840 and deposited c.903.
The identity of Cnut was long in doubt, but Smyth's suggestion that he was the Danish Cnut who was campaigning in Yorkshire in c.900 is widely accepted. His reign was brief and he was killed about two years later but whether in Northumbria or Dublin is not clear.
For the obverse type, the king's name and title have been disposed to adumbrate a monogram, a device which derived ultimately from Byzantine and late Roman precedents but which, like so many features of the coinage of the Danes of York, was directly inspired by Carolingian models. The reverse legend CVNNETTI remains unexplained.
Literature: Lyon, C. S. S. and Stewart, B. H. I. H. (1961): The Viking coins in the Cuerdale Hoard, in R. H. M. Dolley (ed.) 'Anglo-Saxon Coins', London, esp. 113-18; Smyth, A. P. (1975): 'Scandinavian York and Dublin', I, Dublin, 47-53; Dolley, M. (1978a): The Anglo-Danish and Anglo-Norse coinages of York, in Hall, R. S. (ed.) (1978): 'Viking Age York and the North' (Council for British Archaeology Research Report, 27), London, 26.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
BA1 (BMC Anglo-Saxon 1) (211) (927)