Anglo Saxon Coins – King Cnut Short Cross Penny 1016-35


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Header: Anglo Saxon coins – King Cnut Short Cross Penny – 1016-35

Denomination: Silver penny

Period: Late Anglo-Saxon

Date: 1029-1035/6 during his life-time

Origin: London mint, Sveinn moneyer

Condition: VF, toned, slightly crimped and with peckmarks

Obverse: Diademed profile bust, looking left, with sceptre, +CNUT REX (U inverted)

Reverse: Short voided cross. united in the centre with an annulet. outer circle surrounded by the legend. +SPANN ON LVNDD

Size and Weight: 18mm, 1.00g

References: Spink 1159, North 790

Features and Provenance:  Ex Noonan’s sale.

Cnut was born around 990, his father was Sweyn Forkbeard, the Danish prince. Little is known of his childhood and indeed the name of his mother. In a later Saga he is described as ‘exceptionally tall and strong and the handsomest of men, all except for his nose which is rather hooked’. In 1013 he invades England with his father, a climax to a number of Viking raids. Aethelred, the English king, flees the country to France and Forkbeard takes over.

However, he dies not long after and Cnut’s elder brother Harald Bluetooth becomes King of Denmark and Cnut is elected King of England. Of course, the English nobility disagrees with this and there is a period of unrest. Once fully on the throne he rules for nearly two decades and makes a pretty good job.

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


Additional information

Weight50 g


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