AE Styca of Aethelred II

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  1. AuldFartte

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    Anglo Saxon - Kings of Northumbria - AE Styca (12mm)
    AETHELRED II [841-50] - Moneyer - EANRED
    obv. +EDllRED REX, pellet in a circle;
    rev. +EANRED, cross in center
    Spink 865

    Also known as Æthelred the Unready (from the Old English unræd meaning "poorly advised").

    I get a variety of dates as ruler for Aethelred II, and the Spink date of 841-850 is not among them. I will do some additional research, but I would appreciate any assistance concerning the dates.
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  3. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    That's because this isn't Æthelred II the Unready (978-1016) but Æthelred II of Northumbria, who was king in the mid-800s when Northumbria was a different 'country' to Mercia and Wessex.

    This is 'the Unready':

    Æthelred II the Unready Penny, 978-1016
    Silver, 1.46g. Helmet type. Moneyer Eadwold, +ÆÐELRED REX ΛNGL (Æthelred King of England). +EADPOLD M.Ω.D LUND (Eadwold moneyer of London) (S 1152).
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  4. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    Awesomeness! Yours and mine were by different moneyers!
    Here's mine and the Spink listing under Kings of Northumbria:
    Aethelred II
    Monne - Styca Anglo-Saxon Coins - Northumbria -
    841-844, 844-849 AD. Obv: small cross with +EDLIRED REX legend. Rev: pellet rosette with +MONNE legend for the moneyer Monne. S. 862. 1.17 grams.
    Very fine. Ex: Timeline Auction

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  5. Yorkshire

    Yorkshire Well-Known Member

    Alot of people get mixed up between the Aethelred's, yours is the one 100 and odd years before Aethelred the Unready.
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  6. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Unwell Unknown Unmembered Supporter

    The Northumbrian coinage was always interesting to me because Northumbria encompassed the lower part of Scotland below the Firth of Forth for awhile. I have a couple Northumbrian coins, but they are the Archbishop Wigmund AE Styca and the Eanred Styca. Unfortunately not imaged recently.
  7. The Trachy Enjoyer

    The Trachy Enjoyer Well-Known Member

    Indeed. The older Aethelred being closer to the "classical" Anglo Saxon period of the werods and Beowulf does add a lot of interest to the coin in my opinion (not that Aethelred II of Wessex isn't)
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  8. AuldFartte

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    @John Conduitt - Thank you so very much! That really clears things up.
  9. AuldFartte

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    Thank you all for your valuable input! I really appreciate you!
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  10. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Unwell Unknown Unmembered Supporter

    Such a mysterious part of British history, really. And rather overlooked unfortunately, kind of gets passed over for the Roman era up until they traipsed out in the 5th century until the Normans barged in during the 11th century.
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