The Silver Coins of England
Edward Hawkins, 1841
Sole Monarchs of England - Aethelbald, Aethelbearht, and Aethelred
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AEthelbald, 855 to 860.
AEthelbald, the son of Ethelwlf, seized upon West Saxony in his father's life time, in 855, and held it till
his own death in 860. The following coins Is given upon the authority of a plate engraved under the
auspices of the notorious Mr. John White. Dr. Combe saw the coin in the collection of Mr. Austin, and
was satisfied of its authenticity, it subsequently disappeared, and has not since been discovered.
(168). Compare with Ethelwlf, Rud. xiv. 2. and AEthelbearht. (169).
AEthelbearht, 856 to 866.
AEthelbearht, second son of Ethelwlf, succeeded to Kent, &c. upon the death of his father in 856, and
to West Saxony on the death of his brother in 860. His head appears upon all his coins, yet known,
with the title of Rex; the types of the reverse are,
Upon the latter type the head is rather less barbarous, and is decorated with a double fillet; while
upon the others there are only one or two specimens which exhibit any, and those only slight, traces
of any such ornament. About sixty variations of moneyers' names are known. Some weigh as much as
24 gr. the generality about 20.
- The moneyer's name arranged within and between the arms of a cross. (169), Rud. xv. 1, 2.
MB. 58. as those of Archbishop Ceolnoth and Ethelwlf. xiv. 2.
- An ornamented cross. (170) Rud. xv. 3. MB. 3. r.
AEthelred, 866 to 871.
Upon the death of AEthelbearht in 866 his children were deprived of their inheritance, and AEthelred,
his brother, ascended the throne. His coins, which are not numerous, have on the obverse the king's
head and titles; on the reverse the name of a moneyer, of whom about 13 varieties only are known, is
inscribed in three lines with some ornamental mark or accompaniment, like those of Burgred king of
Mercia. Rud. xv. 1-5. MB. 11. His coins are generally very light, and of impure silver, the very
best of them scarcely reaching 20 gr.
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