Northumbria Eadberht & Archbishop Ecgberht 737-758AD Silver Sceatta


Code: RS632

Northumbria Eadberht & Archbishop Ecgberht 737-758AD Silver Sceatta

Small cross/ Mitred figure holding 2 crosses.

S852, SL74-20, 13mm, 1.06g

This coin comes with a previous hand written label.

This coin is part of the Sussex collection, a carefully put together cabinet with emphasis on quality rather than quantity. The collector sourced his coins from reputable dealers and metal detectorists during the late 1990’s through to his last purchases in 2008. The collection consists of Primary, Continental, Secondary and Northumbrian coins. These coins have been off the market for 15 years and are sure to sell quickly given their overall high grade.

Archbishop Ecgberht – notable reformer of the English church and proponent of Bede’s teachings, as well as correspondent and personal friend of the Northumbrian scholar Alcuin. Ecgberht issued coins jointly with his brother King Eadberht, these uniquely depicting himself standing between two crosses or croziers. An excellent in-depth die and metallurgical study of these coins has been recently undertaken by Dr Ronald Bude, published in the British Numismatic Journal.

Eadberht (737-758) – another individual ruling during Northumbria’s ‘golden age’, Eadberht is notable for his reforms to the kingdom’s coinage – instituting a high-quality sceatta issue depicting the so-called ‘fantastic beast’ on its reverse. His coins are relatively common, this reflecting the high output during his reign that reflects a burgeoning economy. Energetically ruling for over two decades, he voluntarily abdicated in 758 and became a monk, dying peacefully in 768.

Kingdom of Northumbria

The end of the 7th Century sees the establishment of an advanced monetary system in Northumbria with Kings and Archbishops being named on silver sceats, also the introduction of a bronze coin called the Styca. The silver coins of this series vary in rarity and price, some kings who ruled for very short periods are extremely rare, other, more successful rulers produced far more coins.

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