Coin - Penny, Berhtwulf, Mercia, England, circa 850 AD Numismatics Reg. No: NU 55

Silver coin; Denomination: Penny
Canterbury Mint (possible)
King Berhtwulf (840 - 852)
Moneyer: Brid; Bust A Group I

Berhtwulf succeeded Wiglaf as King of Mercia in AD 840, one year after Aethelwulf became King of Wessex. A friendship between the two Kings was possibly due in the main to an increase in Danish raiding in both kingdoms. As an example of the intensity of such raids, the Anglo Saxon Chronicle records that in the year 851 ?350 ships came into the mouth of the Thames and stormed Canterbury and London and put to flight Brihtwulf, king of the Mercians, with his army?.

The nature of Berhtwulf's claim to the throne of Kent is unknown but he appears to have gained widespread support, including that of the archbishop of Canterbury, Ceolnoth. His death may have been a result of this Viking raid. He was succeeded by Burgred in 852.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 0.881 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - Mercia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Anglo Saxon
DateEra: circa 850 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: A diademed bust of Coenwulf facing right, the bust extends to the edge of the coin; around, BERHTVLF REX.
Reverse Description: Within circle a cross crosslet; around, +BRID MONETA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King Berhtwulf, Mercia, Ancient Britain, circa 850 AD
References: North 406.
Anglo Saxon Chronicle.
Blackburn, M.A.S & Dumville, D.N., Kings, Currencies and Alliances, history and Coinages of Southern England in the Ninth Century, 1998, ISBN 0 85115 598 7.
  1. [Book], J. North, English Hammered Coinage, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1963, p.65 no.406 Pages
  2. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, p.109, no.935 Pages

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