Silver coin; Denomination: Penny
Canterbury Mint (possible)
King Berhtwulf (840 - 852)
Moneyer: Brid; Bust A Group I
Berhtwulf succeeded Wiglaf as King of Mercia in AD 840, one year after Aethelwulf became King of Wessex. A friendship between the two Kings was possibly due in the main to an increase in Danish raiding in both kingdoms. As an example of the intensity of such raids, the Anglo Saxon Chronicle records that in the year 851 “350 ships came into the mouth of the Thames and stormed Canterbury and London and put to flight Brihtwulf, king of the Mercians, with his army”.
The nature of Berhtwulf's claim to the throne of Kent is unknown but he appears to have gained widespread support, including that of the archbishop of Canterbury, Ceolnoth. His death may have been a result of this Viking raid. He was succeeded by Burgred in 852.
A diademed bust of Coenwulf facing right, the bust extends to the edge of the coin; around, BERHTVLF REX.
Within circle a cross crosslet; around, +BRID MONETA
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Spink & Son Ltd., 15/3/1976
Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1932
circa 850 AD
Type of item
0.881 g (Weight)
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