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Anglo-Saxon Silver Pennies

Immaculate silver pennies minted in Rochester in the reign of Aethelred II 1000 years ago.


These coins are silver pennies of Aethelred II (978-1016); first hand type, BMC IIA; obv: bust facing right, ‘EDELRED REX ANGLO’; rev: hand of providence, name of moneyer (Sideman) & mint (Rochester), ‘SIDEMAN MON ROFE’.

Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Guildhall Museum,
17 High St,
ME1 1PY,
United Kingdom


Witness to the sophistication (and wealth) of Anglo-Saxon governance in Kent.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Individuals
  • KS2: Local History, Anglo Saxons
  • KS3: Local History, Britain Before 1066

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