A silver penny of King Cnut minted in Derby, Derbyshire. (c) Derby Museum and Art Gallery
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.