Coin (Obverse), cut farthing, of Henry, Earl of Northumberland

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Coin (Obverse), cut farthing, of Henry, Earl of Northumberland

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

The obverse has a part of crown and hair from a bust. None of the lettering is legible.

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: 000-100-051-114-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C662
Date: 1136 - 1152
Between 1136 and 1152
Material: Silver; probably moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. No lettering legible; part of crown and hair from bust to right / Rev. No lettering legible; small cross flanked by two pellets in one angle of a cross cross let
Dimensions: 9.50 x 10.00 mm (radius) D
What: Coin Type: Stewart III
Coin, cut farthing
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Carlyon-Britton
Henry of Northumberland
Wilelm (Maker)
Where: England, Suffolk, Dunwich
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Henry of Northumberland silver cut farthing by Wilelm at Edinburgh, 1136 - 1152
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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