This silver penny was minted in Derby for King Cnut the Great, the Danish king who reigned over England from 1016-1035. It is not known precisely where it was found.
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.
- circa 1016 — 1035
- Viking Objects
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
- Anglo-Scandinavian, Cnut, coin, Currency, Derby, Derby_Museums, Derbyshire, Economy, penny, silver, trade
You can see the original at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
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