A Hiberno Norse Penny - Early Phase II


(at 400 dots / inch)

 

 


Irish Coinage

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2010 - Copyright
John
_Stafford-Langan
Version 1.17a
25 June, 2010

 

This coin is an example of an early Phase II Hiberno Norse penny of Dublin.

The legends are clear with no blundering and read:

(obverse) + SIHTRC RE+ DYFLM
(reverse) +SIVLT MO DIFLINAM

Which translates as:

SITHRIC KING OF DUBLIN
SIULT MONEYER OF DUBLIN

This coin is an Irish copy of the long cross coinage of Aethelred II of England. It is classified as a phase II because it was not struck contemporaneously with the English Issue as Phase I coins were, but was struck in about 1020 AD. Phase II coins are characterised by the pellets in the reverse quadrants which phase I coins don't feature. Later Phase II coins often have blundered legends and have additional symbols on the obverse or reverse.

The coin is in about extremely fine condition. This is a normal grade for early Phase II coins.

These coins are rare - the later more blundered Phase II coins are scarce.

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