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The Silver Coins of England

Edward Hawkins, 1841
East Angles - Aethelweard

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The history of East Anglia, about the commencement of the ninth century, is involved in more than usual obscurity, and the names of its kings are unknown. Though we are informed that the people, with the king at their head, sought protection of Ecgbeorht against the Mercians, about 823, yet the name even of this king is not recorded. It was probably by some of these unknown kings that the coins were struck, which have hitherto been assigned to the West Saxons. The coins of AEthelweard, in their types, names of moneyers, formation of letters and in workmanship, so closely agree with those of Eadmund, who will presently be noticed, that we must suppose them to have been struck in the same place, and about the same time. Compare Ruding's AEthelweard, iii. 1. with Eadmund ix. 6, 7; iii. 2, 3, 4, 5. with ix. 1, 2, 3, 4.: and xxix. 13. with ix. 9. See Combe's paper Archaeol. vol. xix. p. 111. and Rud. vol. i. p. 321, 2nd. edit. It is more than probable, therefore, that AEthelweard is one of the East Anglian kings whose names have not been transmitted to us. His coins are in the usual form of pennies and weigh about 20 grains; five names of his moneyers are known. His name is written AEthelweard or Ethelpard and he is merely styled Rex, unless the letter which forms the type of most of his coins is the initial of Anglia. The types of his obverses are,
  1. The letter A. (90), Rud. iii. 2, 3, 4, 5. xxvi. 2, 3. MB. 5.
  2. A cross, with a crescent in each angle. (91). Rud. iii. 1. xxvi. 1. MB. 2.
  3. A small cross issuing from two united annulets, (92), Rud. xxix. 13. MB. 1.
The reverses consist of a cross with a pellet or some small object in each angle.

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