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Weight: 1.330 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 obverse legend invokes St Edmund, former king of the East Angles who was killed by the Danes in 870 and who, like other early kings deemed to have been martyrs, rapidly came to be venerated as a saint.
The bulk of the issue is thought to have been struck in the Danelaw, principally in East Anglia, in the 890s, although the absence of the latest group from the Cuerdale hoard demonstrates that the issue continued for a short time into the 10th century. The large A on the obverse derives from the A and ω motifs found on either side of the earlier East Anglian coins, the A no doubt being perpetuated as an appropriate indication of the ethnic ‘Anglorum’ (of the Angles). Mints are rarely named on the coins, but Norwich and York, somewhat blundered, both occur. A source in the eastern part of the country is also indicated by the high proportion of Scandinavian and Frankish names, such as Gundibert, among the moneyers of this coinage. A moneyer of this name was also responsible for the enigmatic coin of a comes Sihtric struck at 'Sceldfor(d)' a mint not yet certainly identified but which has been taken to be Shelford in Cambridgeshire.
Literature: Blunt, C. E. (1969): The St Edmund Memorial coinage, ‘Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology’, xxxi, 3, 234-55; Pagan, H. E. (1975): A halfpenny of St Edmund essaying the York mint signature, ‘Numismatic Chronicle’ 1975, 191-4.
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- C&M catalogue number
BA1 (BMC Anglo-Saxon 1) (118) (423)