Silver Penny (1960/459-2)

A silver penny of King Cnut minted in Derby, Derbyshire

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.

Object Type



circa 1016 — 1035

Ascribed Culture





Viking Objects

Current Location

Derby Museum and Art Gallery


Anglo-Scandinavian, coin, Currency, Derby, Derby_Museums, Derbyshire, Economy, penny, silver, trade

Further information

You can see the original at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

This object is related to Derby, Derbyshire.
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