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Eadgar Penny, two line type, moneyer Manan

Eadgar (959-973), silver Penny, moneyer Manan, two line type, small cross pattée, circles and legend surrounding, + EADGAR REX, rev. three cross pattées across centre, moneyer name in two lines, trio of pellets above and below, WAN /AM MO, the first letter inverted, weight 1.26g (N.741; S.1129). Toned, rim a little ragged in one place, good very fine.

Probably born in 943, Eadgar was only around 16 when he inherited the Kingdom from older brother Eadwig, having already ruled Mercia since the age of 14. Eadgar was known as "The Peaceable" on account of his 16 years reign being relatively free of any conflict or revolt, perhaps reflecting his military prowess and naval power from his capital at Winchester. He enjoyed a second Coronation in 973 in the Roman ruins of Bath, having had already his first at Kingston after his accession, in order to associate himself with past glories and with Charlemagne who had had his Coronation in Rome in 800. Eadgar was married three times, having a son Edward with his first wife, a daughter Edith with the second, and two sons with the third, Edmund and Aethelred. Eadgar died unexpectedly at Winchester aged around 32 on the 8th July 975.

Provenance:
Ex Tetney Hoard, Lincolnshire, discovered May 1945, Numismatic Chronicle 1945, Sixth Series, volume 5, number 3/4, coin 378.
Ex A H Baldwin, vault stock, purchased circa 2007.

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