KIng Cnut Silver Pointed Helmet Type Penny Winchester, AEDESTAN (Aethelstan), 1024-30

Denomination: Silver voided short cross penny

Period: Late Anglo-Saxon/Viking

Date: 1024-1030

Origin: Winchester mint

Condition: VF/EF, worn obverse die

Obverse: Profile bust wearing pointed helmet, looking left, with sceptre, +CNUT RECX AN

Reverse: Short voided cross, united in the centre with an annulet, annulets in each quarter, outer circle surrounded by the legend, +AETHESTAN ON PINT (probably Aethelstan moneyer)

Size and Weight: 18mm, 1.12g

References: Spink 1158, North 787

Features and Provenance: Ex CNG, from the Ken Bressett Collection, previously Corbitt and Hunter 1978

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, the climax to a number of Viking raids. Aethelred, the English king, flees the country to France and Forkbeard usurps the throne. However, Forkbeard died soon after and Cnut's elder brother Harald Bluetooth becomes King of Denmark. Cnut is elected King of England. Quite naturally some of the English nobility disagree with this and there is a period of unrest. Once ensconced upon the throne he reigns for almost two decades and makes a pretty good job of it.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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