JH1 - DENMARK, 'Stridsperioden'
Civil War between the Norwegian Kings Magnus den Gode and Harald Hardråde
and the Danish King Svend Estridsen, Silver Penning, 0.96g., Lund
mint (Lund, Skåne (now Sweden)), moneyer Othinkarr, radiate
helmeted bust left, in armour, design borrowed from the Helmet type of
Aethelred II, issued c.1003-1009, +EĐELRED RE, rev., voided long
cross, each arm terminating in three crescents, a kidney shaped device in
the 1st and 4th quarter, +OĐĐINCAR O LVD, (Hauberg
-), toned, extremely fine, an interesting type, extremely rare.
Ex P. W. P. Carlyon-Britton Collection
(1863-1938), lot 1526.
Stock ticket from B.A. Seaby Ltd, written in the hand of
Frank Purvey, employed (1950-1984).
The 'Stridsperioden' (literally meaning a 'time of
dispute') is the name given by Danish historians to the period when rival
Danish and Norwegian claimants fought for the Danish throne. This type is
struck posthumously in the name of the English king Aethelred II
(978-1016), giving the coin a degree of anonymity which the Danish
moneyers desired, keeping the coin and their work neutral in a time of
conflict. Whilst the obverse regal legend is an anachronistic the reverse
mint and moneyer combination is perfectly legible. The moneyer Othinkarr
is also a known moneyer for issues in the names of Knud den Store (Cnut),
Hardeknud (Harthacnut), Magnus den Gode and Svend Estridsten