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EM14940

Aethelred II small cross type Penny, Exeter, Carla, full mint reading

Aethelred II (978-1016), silver Penny, last small cross type (c.1009-17), Exeter Mint, Moneyer Carla, diademed and draped bust left within linear circle, Latin legend surrounding commences at bottom, +EÐELRÆD REX ANGLO, rev. small cross pattee at centre, linear circle with legend surrounding, +CARLA ON EAXCESTRE MO, weight 1.39g (Brettel 42; Hildebrand 496; N.777; S.1154). Peck mark on reverse and weak in some parts, otherwise very fine with a lovely full mint signature on reverse.

The legends translate as "Aethelred, King of the English" and "Carla of the mint of Exeter."

Provenance:

Ex Terence Maudlin collection of hammered pennies.

Exeter in Devon is situated on the River Exe and is first mentioned in the "Burghal Hidage" with the Danes retreating into the town in 875 and leaving two years later. Exeter was attached in 892 by a Northumbrian army and captured by the Britons in c.925. The town was betrayed by the Reeve to the Vikings in c.1003,it was only a few years later that this coin would have been minted.

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