Anglo-Saxon Pennies For Sale
The Anglo-Saxon silver 'penny' was introduced by Heaberht, king of Kent, in A.D. 764. The name is derived from the Old English penig, pening, pending and is cognate with German pfennig. In common usage, the term meant any kind of coin but it is normally now restricted to the thinner, flatter hammered issues of the Middle and Later Anglo-Saxon periods. Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian pennies are not common coins, and they are highly prized - especially where they are linked to colourful figures such as Alfred, Athelstan and Athelred. Penny production was apparently confined to the larger and wealthier kingdoms: Wessex, Mercia, Kent and East Anglia. After the process of re-conquest of the Danelaw was accomplished (begun by Alfred, continued by his son, Edward, and completed by his grandson, Athelstan) coins could be issued which refelcted the new 'English' identity. We purhase Anglo-Saxon pennies regularly - check back to this page soon.