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ME417 - DENMARK, Svend Estridsen (1047-1075), Silver Penning, 1.11g., Roskilde mint, pseudo legends, a bow cross with another intricate cross contained within,, rev., "Tapestry" pattern with disjointed legend in two lines, (Hauberg 36), slightly peckmarked, extremely fine. $895 SOLD
The designs employed at Roskilde are almost exclusively native Scandinavian in their form, unlike the Byzantine inspired designs at Lund or the various English derived types found at other mints. From this it can speculated that the die cutters and moneyers at Roskilde were very much interested in preserving and using traditional art forms. Further evidence for this sentiment can be found in the frequent use of Runic as opposed to Latin script at Roskilde. The city was the capital of Denmark during this period and remained so until Copenhagen took on that position around 1400.