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« on: February 26, 2011, 05:37:54 am »

I have just acquired this Styca (Sceat) in a Roman lot.
1.00gr 12.2-13.2mm 6hr (using cross)
I have narrowed it down to Kings of Northumbria 810-841 moneyer Fordred.  But the obverse seems to read ERDFRN?F?X I cannot find any similar.  I have found a few references to this period on our site.  If I have posted incorrectly, I'm sorry, can someone suggest a more appropriate forum?
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 01:46:30 am »

These are well known for having many blundered legends, so your identification might be as close as you can get; Fordred is a well-attested moneyer during the period at least!

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 02:04:09 am »

Thanks Alan I now guess it is going to be a blundered version of Eanred (Kings of Northumbria), c.810-841
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 11:43:20 am »

You are welcome; there is an extensive study of these that lists over 2250 specimens: 'Coins of the Kingdom of Northumbria, c. 700 to 867', by Elizabeth Pirie; in that study, many of the coins of Eanred are noted as having retrograde obverse legends, so looking again at your specimen, I think you are spot on, it seems to read XERDERNAE, i.e EANRED REX
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011, 01:29:22 pm »

Thanks Alan
It is great to get an exact match!
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