A Viking silver 'Cunnetti' penny found near Rearsby, Leicestershire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 4.0
Viking Silver Penny (LEIC-B230B8)
A Viking silver 'Cunnetti' penny found near Rearsby, Leicestershire
This silver ‘Cunnetti’ penny comes from the Viking kingdom of York and was minted on the authority of ‘Cnut of Northumbria’.
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, portraying symbols and statements that gave off a desired message. The Vikings later used the minting of coins to legitimize their own rule.