Anglo-Saxon Aethelred II Silver Long Cross Penny, London, Wulfstan, 997-1003

Denomination: Silver penny, voided long cross type

Period: Late Anglo-Saxon

Date: AD997-1003

Origin: London mint, Wulfstan moneyer 

Condition: VF+ peck marks on both surfaces, surface cracks

Obverse: Bareheaded bust, left, legend around +AEDELRED REX ANGLO

Reverse: Voided long cross, pellet in centre, surrounded by legend +PVL FSTA NM'O LVND

Size and Weight: 19.5mm, 1.34g

References: S 1151, N 774

Features and Provenance: Aethelred came to the throne of England in 978, at the age of twelve, after the assassination of his older brother Edward (the Martyr) the assassins were supporters of Aethelred, but it is unlikely that Aethelred himself had anything to do with the conspiracy. His name in Old English means: Aethel= noble and red= council or advice, so it is rather ironic that his nickname became 'the Unready' =ill advised. However, the first record of this nickname doesn't appear until 150 years after his death in 1016 and it is very unlikely that his contemporaries thought of him in this light.

 

 

 

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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