King Cnut Short Cross Silver Coin, Minted York
King Cnut short cross Penny, struck at York. The obverse features a draped left facing portrait, wearing a diadem and holding a sceptre, topped with a lis. The legend identifies Cnut as monarch. The reverse gives this type its name and features a voided short cross with an annulet in the centre within a linear circle.
Short cross Canute Pennies date from the later portion of Canute's reign which began in 1016 when he became undisputed king of England. This type was being minted from about 1029 through to the time of his death in 1035 or just afterwards. By this point Cnut or Canute was king of England, Denmark (1018) and Norway (1028) uniting the three kingdoms in what was referred to as the North Sea Empire. The short cross type is one of three substantive stypes of Pennies seen in Cnut's reign, alongside 'Quatrefoil' (c1017-1023) and 'Pointed Helment' (c1024-1030), both minted earlier.
Ex Royal Berkshire Collection bt R. Gladdle 1999.
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