I am Aethelred, this is why.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Aethelred, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King

    In 1994 I bought the coin shown below in a collection that came my way. At the time I was collecting English coins and this became the highlight of my collection. When I joined the PCGS forums in 2001 I selected "Aethelred" as my forum name. I sold this coin to a friend (maybe you know Lordmarcovan?) in July of 2013. However, since a number of people here were or are also PCGS members I kept that name when I joined this forum so they would know who I was.

    Needless to say I have missed the coin since it has been away. However, this weekend Lordmarcovan and his family came to Asheville for a visit and he made the mistake of bringing this coin with him. It wasn't easy, there was a lot of haggling, a complex trade involving cash, coins, pizza and the occasional threat of violence, but this coin belongs to me again!

    Unlike my ancient collection, my small collection of Medieval coins are all slabbed, so this one will remain in the PCGS MS-63 holder.

    Aethelred II Penny minted at Canterbury in AD 997. Spink-1151

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  3. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    That is a stunning example! Congrats on negotiating its return to you.
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  4. ro1974

    ro1974 Well-Known Member

    wow wow thumbs-up-192.png

    what a super great coin
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  5. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    LOL, ROFLMAO... Yeah, sounds like you two have the same friendship as I do with my childhood friend whom I met 50 years ago!

    FANTASTIC coin, GLAD you saw the light and acquired it BACK into your collection!
  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Man I'd love to have some of my old coins back such as my Caesar denarius! Beautiful example @Aethelred
  7. GerardV

    GerardV Well-Known Member

    Nothing like some good threats between friends!
  8. alde

    alde Always Learning

    That's a beautiful nice coin. I bought mine slabbed too but had to free him.
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  9. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King

    That is a GREAT example. I notice that many of them have very similar peck marks, usually on the reverse. Any idea what is up with that?
  10. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    He must be getting old. It sounds like he gave up pretty easily.

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  11. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Mine also has the peck marks. My understanding is that these were done to test the metal, probably by Vikings. (Aethelred made HUGE payments to them.)
    Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 12.41.50 PM.png London mint, moneyer: Godric.

    Yours is very nice, but I think PCGS made a mistake. Surely it is MS64, not MS63.:woot:
  12. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Stunning coin. Love it !

  13. alde

    alde Always Learning

    I understand that these were paid to the Vikings as tribute and they tested the silver quality with the tips of their knives.
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  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Currently reading "Saxon Tales" by Bernard Cornwell. Athelred is prominent in the series, but not in a very good light. I'm currently on book 7 of the 10 book series. Interesting read. I would give it a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
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  15. Youngcoin

    Youngcoin Everything Collector

    Great coin!

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  16. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Different (earlier) Aethelred... but a fun series of books! :) Why only 3.5?
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  17. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Love your coin @Aethelred ! The medievals that have been posted have got me considering collecting them as well.
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  18. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Sweet coin. And now for some Old English trivia. Æthel is an OE simplex meaning “noble” (hence the OE term for a prince, “aetheling.” Æthel also survives as the female given name Ethel).

    Ræd means “counsel.” So Æthelred’s name means “noble counsel.” Æthelred II reigned for a long time but did not handle the Viking threat particularly well, hence his derisive name “Æthelred the Unready.” Unless one knows the OE meaning of Ræd, it sounds as if Æthelred didn’t have his shoes tied or something when the Danes showed up. But the name means “Æthelred the Poorly Counseled,” in contrast to his “Noble Counsel” name. The implication is that he was a poorly served King, and as a result, the Danes got the best of him and his government.

    At least this lovely coin didn’t end up in the greedy paws of some Viking warrior. At least not forever.
  19. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Maybe I was too hard on the book. Perhaps a 4 of 5 stars would be more like it. I really liked the first two or three books, but now it seems the same theme runs throughout the series with just minor changes. I will finish the series as it is still a fun story
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  20. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    I can see that, for sure. It may be that they're better read sporadically (when you need a Saxon/Viking fix) rather than all in one go.
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  21. 4to2centBC

    4to2centBC Well-Known Member

    I am Spartacus, don't know why.
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