IR153 - IRELAND, Hiberno-Norse Viking Kings of Dublin, Phase II (c.1015-c.1035), Penny, 1.05g., Later Variants of Long Cross Coins

Ancient Coins - IR153 - IRELAND, Hiberno-Norse Viking Kings of Dublin, Phase II (c.1015-c.1035), Penny, 1.05g., Later Variants of Long Cross Coins
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IR153 - IRELAND, Hiberno-Norse Viking Kings of Dublin, Phase II (c.1015-c.1035), Penny, 1.05g., Later Variants of Long Cross Coins, stylized head ultimately derived from the Long Cross type of Aethelred II left, inverted crozier (bishops crook) behind, blundered legends,  rev., voided long cross, pellet in each quarter (S.6125A), very fine, very rare. $995

The inverted crozier or bishops crook on the obverse is an overt reference to the strength of the Christian faith amongst the mixed Irish and Viking population of Dublin. Indeed it may even relate directly to the authority under which the coinage was struck, i.e. an ecclesiastical one. Interestingly, in 1038, King Sitric Silkbeard of Dublin founded and endowed a cathedral dedicated to the Holy Trinity in Dublin (since  the Reformation appropriated to Protestant worship and known as Christ Church). To minister in his cathedral he had a bishop appointed (Donatus) and consecrated; with this first bishop of Hiberno-Norse Dublin, the See of Dublin was established..

Price SKU: IR153
US$ 995.00
  • € 848.34
  • £ 729.53
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  • CHF 917.89
  • CAD 1,272.21

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