Northumbria

Northumbria

Silver Alcred 765-774

685-867 AD


Monetary System

In the area of northern England known as Northumbria, the monetary system began during the late 7th century AD and was based upon a small silver sceat. We can see that the natural laws of inflation unleashed by excessive government spending apllied here in this remote part of England as well. During the end of the 8th century AD, the silver sceat began to suffer from debasement until it finally degenerated into a copper or even brass coin completely void of silver. This area remained independent until 867 AD when it was conquered by the Danes. Thereafter, the monetary system of this region was dictated by that of Southern England and its traditional silver penny.

Kings of Northumbria

Aldfrith (685-705)

AR Sceat

Eadberht (737-758)

AR Sceat

Alcred (765-774)

AR Sceat

Aethelred I (774-779)

AR Sceat

Aelfwald I (779-788)

AR Sceat

Aethelred I (789-796) Second Reign

AR Sceat

Eanred (810-854)

AR Penny
AR (Base silver) Penny
AE Sceat

Aethelred II (854-858) First Reign

AR Quadruped
AE Sceat

Redwulf (858)

AE Sceat

Aethelred II (858-862) Second Reign

AE Sceat

Osbert (862-867)

AE Sceat


Monetary History of the World
© Martin A. Armstrong