Penny of Wiglaf of Mercia

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Issued by: Wiglaf of Mercia
Denomination: Penny
Mint: London
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Date found: 06/06/2021
Location: Isle of Wight


A penny of Wiglaf of Merica who reigned from AD 827 – 829 and AD 830 – 840. The obverse inscription starts VVIG for Wiglaf. The reverse is similar to Ecgberht of Wessex’s “Lundonia” type. This find changes the previous thinking that this reverse type was introduced by Ecgberht following his short-lived takeover of London in the late 820s. Instead, this find suggests that the reverse type began with Wiglaf. As such it has been designated a Find of Note: National Importance.