Silver Penny of King Aethelred II Moneyer Beorhtstan of Exeter
This is a nice Anglo Saxon silver penny of King Æthelred II, minted at Exeter by the moneyer BYRNSTAN.ON.EAX. It is a full round example, with bite marks, peck marks and wrinkles from circulation within Viking held territories. This coin was found in Finland, so likely traveled back as Danegeld or war booty.
CULTURE: Saxon England
DATE: 978 - 1013 A.D.
SIZE: 20mm dia
WEIGHT: 1.14 grams
ATTRIBUTION: SPINK 1154, N 777 (Last Small Cross) (Hild. A)
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Finland.