Coin of Cnut the Great (DENO-28F8A6)

A silver penny of Cnut found near Blyth, Nottinghamshire

This silver penny is a posthumous issue of Cnut, with arm and sceptre obverse type, minted by Thurgrim in Lincoln under the authority of King Harthacnut.

Minting coins was a way of controlling the means of exchange within a kingdom and which created a more easily administered standardized system of trade. Moreover, the coins themselves were often used as propaganda, portaying symbols and statements that gave off a desired message. The Vikings later used the minting of coins to legitimize their own rule.

Object Type

Coin

Date

circa 1040 — 1042

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Original

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

Private Ownership

Keywords

Anglo-Scandinavian, Cnut, coin, Currency, Economy, harthacnut, king, Nottinghamshire, penny, Portable_Antiquities_Scheme, silver, trade

Further information

You can see the original at Private Ownership.

Acknowledgements

(c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 4.0

References

Portable Antiquities Scheme