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Silver Hiberno-Norse penny

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

Coins were struck for the Norse kings of Dublin between 995 and 1150.   The coins are generally imitations of English pennies and this one is a copy of a long cross penny of Aethelraed II (841-849AD).  Another Hiberno-Norse coin found at Whithorn in 1911 is now in Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery.

 

The obverse shows a head facing left with a cross on its neck.  The reverse has a long cross with a stylised hand in two of the angles.

Place of Production:
Dublin
Materials/Media:
silver
Dimensions:
diameter 16mm, weight 0.83gm
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Accession number:
WIWMS Whit EMCoin.65
Digital Number:
WTCO005a; WTCO005b
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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