Middle Saxon Period c.758-973AD

Middle Saxon Period coins for sale. Starting with the first prototype penny in 758AD struck by king Beonna in the Kingdom of East Anglia and spanning right through to when the kingdoms were united by the dynasty of Edward The Elder in the late 10th Century AD. Many of these coins are extremely rare, even more so in good condition.

To the right you will see a map showing the British Isles during the mid Saxon period, it was split in to Kingdoms, 5 of which produced coins. These were Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Kent and Wessex. Offa (king of Mercia) built a Dyke stretching from the Severn estuary to the north coast to keep the Welsh out of his kingdom. The river Thames divided Mercia & Wessex with London being occupied by both tribes at some point, likely peacefully for a time as we see joint issues of these two tribes. The Vikings successfully occupied Northumbria and East Anglia, centred in York, this must have created much unrest, many battles were fought and bribes paid.

Eventually Edward The Elder, the last King of Wessex, and his son, Aethelstan united the kingdoms and a new ‘unified’ England was formed, which we still see in place today.  Aethelstan created Burghs, each of which had a church and mint.

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