• Code 171123-4

Denmark, Svend Estridsen. 1047-75. Cut halfpenny.

Silver cut halfpenny, 17.3mm diameter, 0.44 gram. +T+  Christ enthroned facing in attitude of blessing.  R. IIC  NOI  Long voided cross, pellet in one angle.  The design imitates a Byzantine nomisma.  Cf. Hauberg 6.   VF

Ex David Rogers collection.

These coins were part of a parcel of 200 coins sold to Baldwin's by a Russian sailor in 1997 when they were not allowed to possess hard currency.  A note says that a similar parcel was offered in Germany, but maybe no other cuts.

Svend Estridsen (c.1019 –1076) was the last Viking king of Denmark from 1047 until his death in 1076. He was born in England, the son of Ulf Thorgilsson and Estrid Svendsdatter, the latter of whom was the daughter of King Sven Tveskæg (Forkbeard) and the sister of Kings Harald II and Knud den Stor (Canute). His skeleton reveals that he was a tall, powerfully built man who walked with a limp. He is noteworthy for having married three times, and fathered 20 or more children out of wedlock, including the five kings of Denmark: Harald Hen, Canute the Saint, Olaf Hunger, Eric Evergood, and Niels.

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