Coin of Cnut the Great (LEIC-B1F8EA)

A silver penny of King Cnut found near Market Overton, Rutland

This coin is an example of a Quatrefoil type silver penny of Cnut, minted in Stamford or Norwich by the moneyer Thurstan.

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

Object Type

Coin

Date

circa 1017 — 1023

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Original

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

Private Ownership

Keywords

Anglo-Scandinavian, Cnut, coin, Currency, Economy, penny, Portable_Antiquities_Scheme, Rutland, silver, trade

Further information

You can see the original at Private Ownership.

Acknowledgements

(c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0

References

Portable Antiquities Scheme