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The Silver Coins of England

Edward Hawkins, 1841
East Angles - Beorhtric and Eadmund

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Of this king, be he who he may, there is only one coin known. In type, form and general appearance, it so agrees with the coins of AEthelweard and Eadmund that it must be assigned to the same time and place; and Beorhtric is probably a name of another of the unknown kings of the East Angles. He is styled Rex, with A in the field; the Reverse has a cross with a pellet in each angle; what the l after the name of the moneyer may mean we are unable to conjecture, (93), Rud. iii. compare with AEthelweard iii. 3, 4, 5. and Eadmund ix. 1, 2, 3, 4. This coin is in the Hunterian collection and weighs 21 grains.

Eadmund, 855 to 870.

Eadmund began to reign in 855. Having been murdered by the Danes, he was honoured with canonization and is commonly called St. Eadmund. His coins are pennies, varying but little from each other; their average weight at present is about 20 gr. and they are rather rare; eighteen names of moneyers are known, but no place of mintage is mentioned, he is styled Rex, or Rex An. The types of the obverse consist of
  1. The letter A (94) variously formed, Rud. ix. 1, 2, 3, 4. MB. 4.
  2. A cross, with a crescent in each angle, Rud. ix. 6, 7. and xxvii. MB. 3.
  3. A small cross issuing from two united annulets, Rud. ix. 9. MB 1. The above types are exactly the same as those of AEthelweard.
  4. A figure which may perhaps be the letter A or a cross supported upon a broad foot, (95), Rud. ix. 8, MB. 1.
  5. A cross with a pellet in each angle, Rud. ix. 5. MB. 1.
The reverse is always a cross with some small object in each angle.

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