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Stolen CT USA 11-2012 Cnut (1016-1035) Hammered Penny


ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of All England. Cnut. 1016-1035. AR Penny (19mm, 1.15 g, 9h). Pointed Helmet type (BMC xiv, Hild. G). Winchester mint; Beorhtweald, moneyer. Struck circa 1024-1030. + CNVT: REX ΛNG, bust left, wearing pointed helmet; scepter before / + BRIHTPOLD ON PIN, voided short cross, limbs united at base by two concentric circles with pellet in center; in each angle, broken annulet enclosing pellet. SCBI 50 (Hermitage), 774 (same dies); Hild. 3719; BMC -; North 787; SCBC 1158. Good VF, bright surfaces, a few peck marks. Cnut the Great (Old English: Cnūt; Old Norse: Knūtr inn rīki; Danish: Knud den Store or Knud II[1] c. 985 or 995 – 12 November 1035), also known as Canute or Knut, was a Viking king of Denmark (Cnut II), England, Norway and parts of Sweden. As a statesman, with notable successes in politics and the military, and the importance of his legacy – if now obscure – Cnut seems to have been one of the greatest figures of medieval Europe. Until recently though, after the death of his heirs within a decade of his own and the Norman conquest of England in 1066, his achievements were largely lost to history. Cnut was of Danish and Polish descent. His father was Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark (which gave Cnut the patronym, Sweynsson). Cnut's mother was the daughter of Mieszko I, the first ruler of Poland; her name is thought to have been Świętosława

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Lovely coin - well described + a really good potted history of Cnut. I wasn't previously aware of his Polish antecedents - thank you for expanding my knowledge in this area.


Cheers - Duncan Russell aka Jotapian

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The Polish ancestry (who knew?) was the final hook for me. I wanted an Anglo-Saxon penny with Viking associations. This fit the bill.


I now also have a historical rebuttal to all the dumb Polish jokes I've heard through the years. ;-)


BTW thanks for the compliment.

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