This silver penny was found during demolition work at St Alkmund’s Church in 1967. This type was minted at York for the rulers Sigeferth and Cnut, but this coin has no names, whether of a ruler, a moneyer or a mint. Sigeferth is recorded as being a pirate in Northumbria around 893 and seems to have assumed control after Guthfrith’s death in 895. Cnut is not attested in written sources but Scandinavian tradition places him in Northumbria around the same time. The joint Sigeferth Cnut coins and the sole issues of Cnut were minted around c. 900. This type of penny is known as Mirabilia Fecit from the Latin Cantate Dominum canticum novum, quia mirabilia fecit. Mirabilia fecit means ‘he made it marvellously’ and is the inscription on one side of the coin while the other has the inscription DNS DS REX (‘Dominus Deus rex’ = ‘the lord God almighty is king’).
- circa 895 — 920
- Viking Objects
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
- coin, Derby, Derby_Museums, Derbyshire, Economy, Northumbria, penny, silver, St_Alkmund_Church, trade, Viking, York
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Naismith, Rory, Martin Allen and Elina Screen (eds), Early Medieval Monetary History: Studies in Memory of Mark Blackburn, London: Routledge (2016).