Kings of Mercia Coenwulf AD 796-821 Silver Penny


Code: GS54

Kings of Mercia Coenwulf AD 796-821 Silver Penny

Bust right / WODEL

S920, 18mm; 1.26g. Wavy flan and small crack across coin, most visible at 8 o’clock running to centre of coin on obverse, stable. Great style.

Comes with previous handwritten ticket

Coenwulf (796-821): A high ranking Mercian noble who took control after the unexpected death of the latter’s son, Coenwulf was an effective ruler who pursued an aggressive domestic policy against the kingdom’s enemies. This is most prominently visible against the rebellious vassal provinces of East Anglia and Kent, but also in several campaigns against the Welsh. A coin of Coenwulf currently holds the honour of being one of the most expensive English coins ever to have been sold at auction, the famous gold ‘mancus’ discovered in Bedfordshire and purchased by the British Museum in 2006 for the sum of £350,000.

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