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This is a Hiberno Norse penny struck in Dublin in about 1035-1040 AD
This is an example of the most common general type of Hiberno Norse penny. It is a phase three coin with a design derived from Aethelred II long cross type. The bust is crude but quite clear - The legends are made up of a sequence of 'letter-like' symbols but are unintelligeble - the reverse features two crude hands in two opposing quarters.
This coin is in Extremely Fine (EF) condition , with the reverse slightly better. There is an area of dark toning but not corrosion between 1 and 3 o'clock on the obverse.
Hiberno Norse coins normally occur in quite good grades - it is important not to overestimate the value of a piece in high grade by assuming that most pieces are in lower grade. The average grade is about Very Fine (the average grade for later Irish hammerred pieces is below Fine).
This is a nice example especially with the lustre on the reverse, but it is not an exceptional specimen - While all Hiberno Norse coins are scarce examples of phase III pieces in this grade are not rare.
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