A Danish silver sceat found near Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 4.0
Danish Silver Sceat (LEIC-5608D1)
A Danish silver sceat found near Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire
This silver sceat is classified as part of the Danish Series X Type 31. The obverse depicts the head of Woden with crosses to either side of a rounded beard and pellet above. The reverse depicts a monster facing left. These coins are considered to be associated with the early trading center at Ribe in Denmark. It is very likely that they made their way to England by means of Vikings.
Hatz, G. ‘Finds of English medieval coins in Schleswig-Holstein,’ In Grierson, Philip, et al. Studies in numismatic method: presented to Philip Grierson. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983), p. 206.