“Portrait” Penny of Offa

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Issued by: Offa
Denomination: Penny
Mint: Canterbury
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Date found: 05/02/2022
Location: Herefordshire


We covered this coin in our PAS finds review a couple of months ago where it was a Find of Note. It is a penny of Offa dating to 783 – 792, moneyer Babba, probably of Canterbury. The auctioneer has this as the first portrait penny of Babba although the PAS records has it as the second example (other in the Fitzwilliam). It is certainly a find of some numismatic interest.