An incomplete Viking silver penny minted in York. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Incomplete Viking Silver Penny (DENO-7A0AF7)
An incomplete Viking silver penny minted in York found near Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire
An incomplete silver early medieval penny of the Vikings influenced by the Swordless St Peter type and possibly minted in the name of Sihtric Caoch who ruled Dublin between 917-920 CE and was King of Northumbria from 921-927 CE. It is not certain why he left Ireland. The Irish annals state that it was ‘through the grace of God’ and do not elaborate on the politics behind his departure. After the establishment of the Danelaw, some Viking leaders decided to mint their own coins to solidify their legitimacy in the eyes of the local populace. This created a hybrid economy where some members of the Danelaw used bullion and others used coins.