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This is an interesting coin. It is a penny of Æthelred II (978-1016),
Last Small Cross type of Thetford, moneyer Edric. The reverse
inscription is normal: +EDRIC MON DEODR. The obverse inscription is
rather blundered +EDCLPEÐ R+ ANGELO (for +ÆÐELRÆD REX ANGLO), but what
is more unusual is the treatment of the head, with three triangles on
the hair. This looks like the radiate crown that appears on coins of
Æthelred's previous issue, the Helmet type.
There is a coin with identical readings which is probably struck from
the same dies in the Stockholm collection (Hildebrand 3719). The
explanation for the poor spelling and unusual features in the design is
that the die was cut by a die-cutter thought to have worked at Ipswich,
since he produced dies mostly for that mint, but also fo some other East
Anglian mints too. One of his trademarks is badly spelt legends, in
particular using + instead of X in REX. Another is that the head
usually has a rounded top, as if the king has a hairnet on, which is
copying a variety produced at London. Here he has become confused and
copied the triangles from the Helmet issue too. So rather than it being
some deliberate new or transitional type, I think the coin is evidence
of a rather haphazzard die-cutter in Ipswich, whose standards of
accuracy were not of the highest.
However, it is an interesting and unusual coin, and although it may be
known from a Swedish Viking hoard, it is very nice to have a specimen
with an English find spot.