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

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000-100-084-156-C
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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 between 1136 and 1152, possibly at Bamborough in Northumberland, 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 but may have translated as: 'Count Henry'.

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: 000-100-084-156-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1066
Date: 1136 - 1152
Between 1136 and 1152
Material: Silver; edge hammered up all round; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv.: Cross N : ENCI : CON; all Ns reversed; crowned bust right with sceptre. Rev. : Cross WILEL : MON [CI :] B (?) :; cross crosslet, with cross in each angle
Dimensions: Diam. 20.00 mm; weight 1.44 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart III
Coin, sterling / penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Henry, Earl of Northumberland (Prince)
Murchison collection
Murdoch collection (sale 1903, lot 4)
Pollexfen collection
Wilelm (Moneyer)
Where: England, Bamborough (?)
Scotland
Event:
Description: Silver sterling / penny of Henry, Earl of Northumberland, Scotland, minted by Wilelm at Bamborough (?), 1136 - 1152
References:
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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