History of Leith, Edinburgh

November 21, 2007

Anglo-Saxon coins

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King Æthelred ‘the Unready’ (978-1016)

Coins (mainly silver pennies) constitute a vital source of evidence for our understanding of many of the basic political, administrative and economic developments in England from the beginning of the seventh century to the end of the eleventh. Some of them are also very beautiful objects in their own right (though the former director of a major museum liked to describe them as bent milkbottle tops). No historian of the period can afford to disregard numismatic evidence. for more click here

(Editor-Although a English article this is applicable to Scotland as well)

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