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Anglo Saxon AE Styca Archbishops of York Wigmund, AD 837-849

Denomination: Copper alloy styca

Period: Anglo-Saxon

Date: AD 837-849

Origin: Northumbria, Aethelhelm moneyer (probably struck at York)

Condition: VF+ good sharp legend for type

Obverse: +VIGMVD E around central small cross pattee

Reverse: +EDELHELM around central small cross pattee

Size and Weight: 13mm, 1.08g

References: Pirie 3.27b, SCBC 870

Features and Provenance: Ex CNG sale, previously from a private US collection.

The styca followed on from the silver sceat during the Anglo-Saxon period. As time went on the styca devolved from silver, to silver alloys, to copper alloys. Our coin comes from the Northumbrian/York mints of the king (either Aethelred or Raedwulf, dates are still undecided) and the Archbishop of York, Wigmund, famous numismatically for producing the only other gold coin during this period, a solidus (the other being a mancus issued by Coenwulf). England, at that time was still separated into the regions Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia, Kent and Northumbria, each with its own monarch. After the invasion of the Vikings, the styca was gradually replaced with the penny - now of silver - this becoming the favoured denomination.



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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