Copper alloy coin; Denomination: styca
Aethelred II (first reign), King of Northumbria
Aethelred II was the son of Eanred. Soon after he succeeded his father he was expelled by Raedwulf (see NU43). Raedwulf was killed the same year, fighting the Vikings, and Aethelred II was restored only to be assassinated a few years later. The dating of Æthelred's reign is extremely problematic. According to the written sources, he was expelled in 844 and assassinated in 849, but recent reinterpretations of ninth century Northumbrian chronology based on numismatic evidence argue for his reign beginning circa 854, his expulsion having taken place circa 858, and his assassination circa 862. Written and numismatic evidence agrees that Aethelred II was succeeded by Osberht (see NU44).
The legend around a central cross, + EDILRED REX
The legend around a central cross, + LEOFDEGN
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Lincoln, 15 Mar 1976
841 - 844 AD
Type of item
11 mm (Outside Diameter), 1.235 g (Weight)
Higham, N.J., The Kingdom of Northumbria AD 350-1100. Stroud: Sutton, 1993. [Link 1]
[Book] North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coinage., p.43, no.188 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.