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