Silver Coin last small cross, of Aethelred II; c. 1009-1016

Stamford

Silver Coin last small cross, of Aethelred II; c. 1009-1016
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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This silver penny was made at Stamford mint. On one side is the head of Ethelred II and on the other side is a cross. The English King Ethelred's name means 'noble counsel', but critics made a pun on it and nicknamed him 'Ethelred the Unready', meaning 'ill-advised'. Ethelred's bad reputation comes from his ultimately unsuccessful attempts to resist the Danish and Norwegian raids carried out on England. Ethelred died in 1016, quickly followed by his eldest son Edmund, and the Danish Cnut was accepted as king of England.

Image Details

Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1009 AD - 1016 AD
Image Number
 
010236

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