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Saxon Series J type Sceatta

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1993C459
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:710 AD - 725 AD


In the later 7th century the Anglo-Saxons changed from using gold to silver coins. Their earliest silver coins are known today as sceattas. Struck between c 675 and c 750, they are thick dumpy little coins normally without anything written on them. In the late 700's the Anglo-Saxons started making thinner, broader coins which we call pennies. They usually name the king who issued them and the moneyer who was responsible for making them. Pennies like these were made in England for hundreds of years. The design of facing heads on the obverse of this sceatta may have Celtic origins, however the bird pattern on the reverse is very Anglo-Saxon.

Ian Donal Finney Bequest, 1993.

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Production Period:Saxon

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Diameter:12 mm