Silver Penny (1960/459-2)

A silver penny of King Cnut minted in Derby

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

Coin

Date

circa 1016 — 1035

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Original

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Keywords

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

Further information

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

Acknowledgements

(c) Derby Museums 2019