The Silver Coins of England
Edward Hawkins, 1841
Northumberland - Alchred and Elfwald
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Alchred, 765 to 774.
Another of the coins, formerly attributed to Ecgberht of Kent, and bearing the name of a supposed
moneyer ALCHRED, we have transferred to the Northumbrian king of that name. The type is exactly
the same as those of Eadberht, an animal on one side, the king's name on the other (105) MB.
Rud. iii. 7. v. r. Ruding mentions Alchired amongst the supposed moneyers, upon what
authority he does not state; but we have not seen any such name, and we feel persuaded that the
name is really Alchred, misread or miswritten.
Elfwald, 779 to 788.
In the list of Northumbrian kings of this period we find the name Elfwald, and to him we are disposed
to attribute three coins of various readings, all evidently corrupt and therefore needing correction, and
all more easily-resolvable into that name than any other. One is in the collection of Mr. Cuff it reads
ELFVALV [F and L upside down] (106), another belongs to Mr. Brummell, it reads VALDFELA [F and E
upside down], one half of this word is upside down and reads backwards; let us begin at the right and
read half the word, ALEF, let us then take the other half VALD, and we have altogether ALEFVALD,
(107), weight 17 ½ gr. The third is in the British Museum, and is more difficult than either of the
others to be bent into the desired form, and the difficulty is increased by the defect of two of the
letters; for the irregular arrangement of letters upon such coins prevents us from positively asserting,
whether the portion visible be the side or the bottom of a letter. It seems to read thus =EVALDAS
[SADL upside down]. There is no cross or mark to indicate the commencement of the word, all that
seems certain is that VALD is the termination of the name; but whether the two last letters, as we
have placed them, be intended for a Latin termination VS, or whether they are the commencement of
the word VS or AS=EVALD, is very uncertain (108). Read them as we may, they do not present,
without correction, any name, royal or otherwise, with which we are acquainted. Knowing them the
licence used, and the blunders committed, in writing Northumbrian names upon coins, we are
disposed to consider that Elfwald may be the person here intended.
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