Silver penny of King Cnut

Canute was crowned King of England in 1017.  Under his name the country divided into the four great earldoms of Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria.  The discovery of a coin of Cnut at Whithorn shows that this part of south-west Scotland was still in contact - probably through trade - with Anglo-Saxon England.   The obverse has the legend + CNV / TREXA (King Knut) around a helmeted bust facing left, with a sceptre in front.  The reverse has + LEOFPINEONLEI, the name of Leofwine, the moneyer at the Chester Mint where the coin was struck.
Object no :
WTCO004a; WTCO004b
Creator :
Place of Production :
Chester Mint, Chester
Dimensions :
diameter 18mm, weight 1.04gm
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Accession number :
WIWMS Whit EMCoin.64
Copyright :
Dumfries & Galloway Council
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