Anglo-Saxon coin Aethelred II

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Anglo-Saxon coin Aethelred II

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This coin is a replica of Anglo-Saxon originals that were minted in Oxford between 978-1013. The Anglo-Saxon king Aethelred II is also known as 'the unready' because he did not have any good advisors. His weak leadership made the country an easy prey for Viking invasions. Coins like this were also used in Scandinavia. Aethelred paid Danegeld to the Vikings from Denmark as a ransom to prevent them from plundering. But the Vikings kept asking for more money. Eventually the situation became impossible and Aethelred was forced to abdicate in 1013. The head of the coin shows the depiction of king Aethelred with the text AEDELRED REX ANGLO. The back shows a cross motive (which can be used to divide the coin in quarters), with the text AELFPINE MO OXNA. This coin is made of leadless pewter.

Material: leadless pewter.
Diameter: 2 cm
Based on historical original
Shipping weight: 100g.

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