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The Silver Coins of England

Edward Hawkins, 1841
Kings of Mercia - Beornwulf, Ludica, and Wiglaf

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Beornwulf, 820 to 824.

Of this king only a few coins, and those pennies, are known; their weight varies from 18 to 22 grains. Only three or four moneyers are at present known. The type of the obverse is the king's head, of most rude workmanship, with his style of Rex or Rex M. The type of the reverse is uaually a cross crosslet, with the moneyer's name, but without that of any place of mintage. Rud. vii. xxvii. and xxix. 18. Another type is the moneyer's name and designation written across in three lines (78) MB. 1. This coin is unique and very interesting, having the reverse identical with one of Ciolwlf, and of Ludica. It was found at Hadstock in Essex, and was purchased by the museum for 8.

Ludica, 824 to 825.

Ludica succeeded Beornwulf and reigned about eighteen months. The types of his coins, which are pennies, are the same as those of Beornwulf.
  1. The moneyer's name, &c. in three lines. Rud. vii. This piece weighs 21 ½ gr. and is buried in the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow.
  2. Cross crosslet (79) Rud. C. 9. Two of these are known, the one engraved here is in Mr. Cuff's collection and weighs 22 3/10 gr. the other is in Mr. Wigan's, it weighs 19 gr. has EADCAR for the moneyer, and omits the letters ME after the king's name. The workmanship of all is very barbarous.

Wiglaf, 825 to 839.

Though this king reigned fourteen years his pennies are of extreme rarity: the one engraved in Sir Andrew Fountaine's Plates is probably the same which is now in the British Museum and was purchased at Mr. Rich's Sale in 1828 for 3. 10s. Mr. Rich bought it at Thorp's sale, 1826 for 12. It has for obverse a cross with a pellet in each angle. Rev. the moneyer's name in three lines, (81), MB. 1. weight 25 ½ gr. Another of these in the Pembroke Coll. see Part 4. p. 1. another unique, has for obverse the king's head. Rev. a cross crosslet, (80), Rud. xxix. 19. It was found at Dorking in 1817, with above 700 other Saxon coins and retained by Mr. Dewdney: it is now in the collection of Mr. Cuff. The king is styled Rex M.; no place of mintage is named; two moneyers only are at present known; the workmanship upon all the coins is very rude.

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