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Medieval Great Britain (Scandinavian York) Viking Penny with Sword (Fakes are possible)  900AD to 950AD
Medieval Great Britain (Scandinavian York) Viking Penny with Sword (Fakes are possible) 900AD to 950AD

In the late 800s, vikings from Scandinavia invaded England and, after 100 years or so, became assimilated into medieval society there. Coins of the era and region bear several different patterns. This pattern is called 'St. Peter's Sword' or 'Sword and Hammer.' The inscriptions are difficult to read, but spell SCIIE TPIIO in two lines, separated by the sword image.

The silver penny shown at the upper left is a genuine coin from the York Vikings. It is in absolutely gorgeous condition, and sold for 6500 British pounds (about $8000 US dollars) during a 2015 auction by Spink. CoinQuest thanks Spink for use of their coin photo. A similar coin in worse condition would still be worth several thousand US dollars.

As with all valuable coins, replicas and counterfeits are often found. The image to the right shows a popular modern reproduction of the York Viking penny. Such reproductions are worth a few US dollars.

Coin: 21606 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Ellie, Sat, 22-Oct-2016 17:36:19 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 22-Oct-2016 17:40:48 GMT
Requester description: There are circles and OXO and OVO on the coin, there is a thing that looks like a dagger or sword and maybe a hammer
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