Obverse of a silver penny of King Alfred: c. 880

 
Obverse of a silver penny of King Alfred: c. 880
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Full image caption

Obverse of a silver penny of King Alfred. This side of the coin (the 'head's' side) bears a bust of the king with a band around his head and an incription that reads: "AELFRED REX". On the other side of the coin there is a monogram made up of the letters "LVNDONIA" - medieval Latin for London. This penny was issued in about 880, the time at which the Anglo-Saxons seem to have regained control of the London area from the occupying Viking forces. The West Saxon king Alfred (ruler of the only surviving independent Anglo-Saxon kingdom) could then lay claim to London, which had formerly been in the kingdom of Mercia. In 886 Alfred went further and re-established London by founding 'Lundenburg' within the walls of the old Roman city, and abandoning the earlier Saxon town of 'Lundenwic' that stood further to the west.

Image Details

Date
 
880 AD - 880 AD
Image Number
 
000210

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