The Silver Coins of England
Edward Hawkins, 1841
Archbishops - Canterbury - Jaenbrht
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In early times, authority was given to some Archbishops, Bishops and Abbots, to strike money and
receive the profit of so doing; but it would appear that to the Archbishops alone was granted the
privilege of stamping the coin with their own portraits. This is supposed to have been withdrawn by
AEthelstan in 924, when he ordered that all the money in the kingdom be uniform. The ecclesiastical
mintages after this time are only distinguishable from the royal by some peculiar marks, and these
finally terminate in the reign of Henry VIII. Those to be noticed here are such as were struck previous
to AEthelstan's restrictions, and they are confined to the Sees of Canterbury and York.
The date of the grant of a mint to the Archbishop of Canterbury is unknown; but the earliest
authenticated coin of that series is a very rare penny of Jaenbrht, who held this see from 763 to 790.
Whether his jurisdiction extended to Mercia, or whether Offa held dominion over Kent, maybe
doubted, but that they had join jurisdiction of some kind is clear, for here we have the King of Mercia
and Archbishop of Canterbury united on the same coin. The type is an expanded flower or star with
IAENBRHT AREP. Rev. the king's name and title OFFA REX in two lines within compartments. (140).
Rud. xii. Weight 18 1/10 gr. HUNTER.
Jaenbrht, Abp. 763 to 790.
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