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Viking Coins of England

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The early Viking coins types were imitations of established Anglo-Saxon coins.  Read more about Viking Coinage.

The silver penny of East Anglia is a copy of an Anglo-Saxon coin of St Edmund Penny; the front shows Alpha with inscription and the reverse shows a cross with inscription.  The link between issuing coins and Christian kingship is clear in the coinage of Viking rulers in England. The coins struck in Viking-held England, called "the Danelaw", carry both Christian and Viking pagan symbols.  The Cunnetti silver penny of the Northern Danelaw penny of Cnut shows CNVT REX on the front with a cross and crosslet.  The reverse shows EMBRAICE CIVITAS with a small crosslet.  The Northern Danelaw penny of Siegfried shows SIEVERT REX on the front with a cross and crosslet while the reverse again shows EMBRAICE CIVITAS in contractions.

Not all designs of Viking coins are exclusively Christian. The Viking coin of Olaf Guthfrithsson of York displays a bird on the front and is inscribed ANLAF CVNVNC (Old Norse for King Olaf).  The reverse shows a cross.  The bird is often identified as Odin's raven.  The front of the York silver penny of Eric Bloodaxe displays ERIC REX in two lines with a sword between.  The reverse shows a small cross.  Read more about Eric Bloodaxe.

Made in the USA and minted from originals, these high quality coins great are for collectors as well as re-enactors and LARP enthusiasts.
  • Set includes 5 replica "silver" pennies minted from originals

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Excellent idea to add additional hot links to learn more about the coins and the people who made them.
Reviewed by Warren  S
8/17/2010 12:00:00 AM