232.—Copper Syca.details

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Anglo-Saxon Coins and Seals; the White Horse

The coins of a country are amongst the most valuable and interesting of its material monuments. “The study of coins is not to be considered as the province of the antiquary alone. Coins are among the most certain evidences of history.” (‘Penny Cyclop√¶dia.’) In our engravings, we have presented a series of coins, from the earliest Anglo-Saxon period to the time of Edward the Confessor. They begin at page 60, Fig. 232; and continue in every page to page 69, Fig. 282. To enter into a minute description of these coins would be tedious to most readers, and not satisfactory, with our limited space, to the numismatic student. We shall therefore dismiss this branch of Old England’s antiquities with a few passing remarks suggested by some of this series.

(p. 79)

There are no remarks about this parcticular coin in the book. A styca was an Anglo-Saxon coin; it was worth half a farthing, i.e. one eighth of a penny, and was the coin with the smallest value you could get in your change. The copper-alloy coins were first used around A.D. 760, but I could not identify this one; use the Comment link if you can.

A guide to identifying Anglo-Saxon coins

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