Tiny Gold Coin from Medieval England

16 Apr 2022  Sat

This tiny gold coin from medieval England is one of nine examples known. This gold thrymsa was issued circa A.D. 650 to 750. The thrymsa was a gold coin minted in seventh-century Anglo-Saxon England. It originated as a copy of Merovingian tremisses and earlier Roman coins with high gold content.

Later thrymsas feature various different designs, including busts, crosses, lyre-like objects, and Roman legionary ensigns. Inscriptions are also common features and sometimes appear in Latin script and sometimes in Anglo-Saxon runes.

This coin was presented at Dix Noonan Webb’s auction and realized at 18,600 GBP against an estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 GBP.

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