Anglo-Saxon Silver Half-penny of King Canute (Cnut) struck at Lincoln by the moneyer OSGUT. 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, OZGVT MΩΘ LIN (Osgut of Lincoln)
Even though this is a penny cut in half - it served as a legal tender and would have circulated as a halfpenny.
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)
SIZE: 19mm x 9mm
WEIGHT: 0.7 grams
ATTRIBUTION: (SCBI Lincolnshire 27:365; BMC type VIII 310; N.781; S.1157).
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection in Weston-super-mare, Somerset. UK.
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