Eadgar AD 959-975 Silver Penny, Pre Reform 2 Line type


Code: CS605

Eadgar AD 959-975 Silver Penny, Pre Reform 2 Line type.

Small cross / Moneyers name in 2 lines, HERIG/ERNO

S1129, 21mm, 1.25g

Ex Tetney Hoard, with original label.

The Tetney hoard deposited c. A.D. 963 was discovered near the village of Tetney in North East Lincolnshire in May 1945. It consisted of 394 pennies of Eadred, Eadwig, Eadgar and the Viking Kingdom of York contained in a chalk container. Textile fragments (adhering to a few coins) and two silver hooks indicate that the hoard was also buried inside a cloth bag or purse. The hoard was examined and recorded by the British Museum, who retained a number of coins, the rest being made available to collectors.

Walker, John. ‘A hoard of Anglo-Saxon coins from Tetney, Lincolnshire’. Numismatic Chronicle, 6th ser., 5:3-4 (1947 for 1945), 81-95. Publisher: Royal Numismatic Society.

Eadgar (959-975): Known as ‘The Peaceful’ – Eadgar’s reign flies in stark contrast to that of his older brother. His reign was indeed stable and peaceable – reflecting to some the very pinnacle of the 10th century English state. Overthrowing many social norms, he was not crowned until 973 – perhaps keen to make a political statement in celebrating the very peak of his power and authority. Uniquely, his third wife Ælfthryth was anointed as Queen alongside him – an unprecedented occurrence. For numismatists his reign is of acute interest – as he instigated a major reform of both weights and measures alongside with the coinage itself. From 972, coins were no longer struck regionally – instead, new types using standardised, centrally produced dies would be issued every few years and the old money called in for re-minting. The use of non-portrait designs was dropped totally, every subsequent coin struck in England bearing the image of the King on its obverse face. His premature death in 975 marked the beginning of a decline which England would take decades to emerge from.

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