Our Aethelred II Saxon Silver Penny Replica Coin is a 978-1016 A.D. Saxon Silver Penny of the Long cross type *** Made from sterling silver.
Ethelred II is famously known as "the unready". This is usually believed to mean that he was unprepared, but actually it is from the Anglo-Saxon "UNREDE" meaning "without counsel", that is without good advice. Ethelred reigned from 978 to 1016, and was one of the last Anglo Saxon kings.
Each of our replica historic coins will satisfy the needs of living history groups and coin collectors. These coins are semi-replica hammered coins that really do look and feel authentic. Weights, alloys, and fineness are kept close to the originals making these replica medieval coins the best on the market. Original coins are carefully analyzed to determine engraving techniques used to recreate the dies in fine detail.
To assure that these coins are not mistaken as the real thing, the legend is slightly altered to distinguish these coins for what they are. Additionally, an example of each replica coin is held by Museums for reference. 2cm in diameter.
Obverse - Portrait of Ethelred facing left. EDELRED REX ANGLO
Reverse - The very first "long cross" design, with inscription usually bearing the name of the moneyer or mint. The cross on the reverse side became used for splitting the coin into two halves or four quarters, to provide small change in the form, literally, of halfpence and farthings.