Coin (Obverse), penny, of Henry, Earl of Northumberland

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Coin (Obverse), penny, of Henry, Earl of Northumberland

This is the obverse of a Henry, Earl of Northumberland silver penny minted at Carlisle between 1136 and 1152, during the reign of David I. The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust with a sceptre. The Latin inscription is blundered and partially illegible.

David I's son, Henry, gained the Earldom of Northumberland in 1139 as the result of a treaty with the English King Stephen. Coins in his name were issued at Carlisle, Corbridge, and a third mint thought to have been at Bamborough.

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Online ID: 000-100-051-112-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C660
Date: 1136 - 1152
Between 1136 and 1152
Material: Silver; flan cracked, scratched on reverse; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. [X] D . [ ] OTC; C reversed; crowned bust to right with sceptre / Rev. . WC [ ] M . ON . CAR retrograde; cross fleury
Dimensions: 20.00 x 20.50 mm D / Die Axis: 11.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart II
Coin, sterling / penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Henry of Northumberland
Wilelm (Maker)
Where: Carlisle
Description: Henry of Northumberland silver sterling or penny by Wilelm at Carlisle, 1136 - 1152
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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