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Medieval Great Britain (Mercia) Gold Penny (Counterfeit)  796AD to 821AD
Medieval Great Britain (Mercia) Gold Penny (Counterfeit) 796AD to 821AD

This coin created quite a stir in the numismatics community when it was discovered by a detectorist during 2001. It is a unique gold coin (21 mm dia. 4.33 g) discovered by the River Ivel, at Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, UK. The obverse legend reads: COENVVLF REX M (Coenwulf, king of Mercia). The reverse is inscribed: DE VICO LVNDONIAE (from the wic of London). In 2006 the was bought by the British Museum, at a cost of 357,832. The picture below comes from Spink in London who handled the genuine piece.


All other look-alikes are modern reproductions that sell for $5 to $10 US dollars. CoinQuest thanks Spink for letting us use the picture of the real coin. Another Coenwulf penny appears on this CoinQuest page.

Coin: 20288 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Thorold, Fri, 20-Nov-2015 21:50:51 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 21-Nov-2015 14:23:47 GMT
Requester description: Front: In between REX and COENVVLF are two strange symbols, one that looks like a cross. Also, there is a man looking to the right with a ponytail or something in his hair. Back: There is a flower. I am guessing ancient Mercia? Front: REX COENVVLF Back: DEVICOLVNDONIAE
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