Anglo Saxon coin by Unknown Artist

A shilling struck at the mint in Canterbury during the reign of Eadbald, king of Kent (616- 640).


Diameter: 1.1 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
Cliff Bradshaw

The designs on the coin are copied from contemporary Continental coins of the Merovingians. The obverse depicts the diademed head of a ruler and the reverse has a representation of the True Cross raised on Golgotha suspended over a globe of the world. King Eadbald, son of King Ethelberht, had initially renounced the new Christian faith, but returned to it later.


Found at Goodnestone, Kent.

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Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900

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