Anglo-Saxon. Stephen, 1135-54. Penny. Cross Voided / Stars Type. Dunwich Mint.
Anglo-Saxon. Stephen, 1135-54. Penny. Cross Voided / Stars Type. Dunwich Mint, Moneyer Paen. Rev: + PAEN ON [DV]NEPIC. 1.25g. VF details, the coin in two halves (attached), off centre obverse but showing a clear and attractive portrait. (S. 1280)
Note: A similar example of this coin with the same Mint and Moneyer can be found in the Coin Register 1997.
“183. Stephen, Cross voided and Mullets type, BMC II,
North 878, Dunwich?, moneyer Paen.
Obv. +S[ ]S[ ]
Rev. +PAEN:ON[. ]NEPIC
Weight: 1.24g (19.2gr). Die-axis: 180.
Heveningham, Suffolk (site recorded on Suffolk SMR).
M/d find, 1997.”
The Coin Register 1997 explains the attribution. As with both the examples in the Coin Register and shown here for sale, the mint name is incomplete / obscured (-NEPIC, with probably two letters missing).
“Of the four mints of Stephen with names ending ‘-WIC’, Ipswich (GIPESWIC) and Norwich (NORTHWIC) can be discounted, since neither could have N or NE preceding the ‘-WIC’ element. Sandwich (SANDWIC) has mint signatures SAN, SAND, SANDP, SANPI etc. but never with an E after the N. Dunwich (DUNEWIC), on the other hand, does naturally have an E and recorded mint signatures are DV, DVN, DVNE. DVNEPIC would be the fullest and best form, and this is what we appear to have here.
Paen is not recorded as a moneyer for Dunwich, but is presumably the same individual as the prolific moneyer at nearby Ipswich.”
The town of Dunwich was hit by a succession of violent storms between the 13th and 14th century and is now largely below the sea.
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