Anglo-Saxon Silver Half-penny of King Canute (Cnut) struck at Bath by the moneyer ALFǷALD. It is of the Quatrefoil type (c.1017 - c.1023 AD).
Obverse: Crowned bust left within a quatrefoil, + CNVT REX ANGLORV, (Cnut King of the English)
Reverse: Voided long cross with cusp terminals over quatrefoil, ALFǷALD O:N BAÐ (ALFǷALD of Bath)
Even though this is a penny cut in half - it served as a legal tender and would have circulated as a halfpenny. The moneyer of this coin was, ALFǷALD who only worked at the Bath mint striking pennies for King Cnut. I have included a photograph of another penny from the Bath mint with the same reverse, struck from the same die.
Cnut was King of England from 1016, King of Denmark from 1018, and King of Norway from 1028 until his death in 1035. The three kingdoms united under Cnut's rule are referred to together as the North Sea Empire.
CULTURE: Saxon England
DATE: 1016 - 1035 AD (this coin was minted between 1017 - 1023 AD)
WEIGHT: 0.60 grams
ATTRIBUTION: N.781; S.1157
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection in Tallinn, Estonia.
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