Kings of England Eadgar Silver Penny 959-975AD Durandes, Northampton mint


Code: FS121

Kings of England Eadgar Silver Penny 959-975AD Moneyer Durandes, Northampton mint

21x22mm, 1.45g, S 1135, scratches to obverse, good metal.

A rare and interesting piece, some debate over whether this mint signature is Northampton or Southampton but with a ‘Midland’ moneyers name (ending with ES) it is most likely that this is Northampton.

This coin comes with old tickets

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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