Coin - Penny, Eadgar, England, 959-975 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 72

Silver coin; Denomination, Penny
Unknown Mint
Eadgar (959-975), King of All England
Moneyer: Unbein

Eadgar succeeded his brother Eadwig in 959 as King of All England (he had been king of Mercia and Northumbria since 957).
At the beginning of his reign Eadgar followed the coinage types of his brother, the king's name but no portrait on the obverse and the moneyer's name in two lines on the reverse. Inclusion of the mint name had dropped out of use. In about 973 Eadgar introduced a coinage reform. The multiple mints authorized by Aethelstan remained active, but a standardized coin design, featuring the king's head on the obverse, was now introduced for all and the mint and moneyer's names were returned to the reverse around a small cross.

Edgar die in 975 leaving two sons, Edward - later known as the Martyr; and Aethelred - later known as the Unready. Both became kings and both continued the coin design introduced by Eadgar (see NU 73 and NU 77)
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 20 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.238 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - England
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Anglo Saxon
DateEra: 959-975 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: A small cross pattee at the centre within a line circle, around, + EADGAR REX
Reverse Description: The moneyers name, VNB EIN, in two lines divided by three crosses; with a three dots trefoil above and below the name.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King Eadgar, England, Great Britain
References: North 741
  1. [Book], J. North, English Hammered Coinage, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1963, p.100, no.741 Pages
  2. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, p.124, no.1129 Pages
  3. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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