Ireland. Hibero-Scandinavian. Sihtric III Silkbeard. Moneyer Faeremin. 993/4-1042 AD. Dublin mint. Phase I, c. 995-1020 AD

Ireland. Hibero-Scandinavian. Sihtric III Silkbeard. Moneyer Faeremin. 993/4-1042 AD. Dublin mint. Phase I, c. 995-1020 AD

3,500.00

AR Penny, 1.69g (18mm, 12h). Long Cross in the name of Aethelred II and the Dublin mint-signature. +SIHTRIC RE+ DIFLMNI; bust left / +FAEREMIN MO.DYFL; Long cross.

References: E. Lindberger, Anglo-Saxon and Later British Coins (Studia Numismatic Upsaliensia) 670, pl. 33. MEC 8 p. 838, 2617, pl. 109

Grade: Some minor bends in flan but a wonderful strike. Mint State (wc1043)

Scroll down for more information about this coin.

Add To Cart
 

Sihtric Silkbeard was a Hiberno Norse king from Dublin stemming from the Uí Ímair dynasty. The Uí Ímair was a Norse dynasty that  ruled much of the Irish sea region including Dublin, parts of western Scotland and northern England. Sihtric joined in battle with other Viking and Nordic tribes against the Irish king Brian Boru. The medieval text Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib ("The War of the Irish with the Foreigners") chronicles these conflicts. Sihtric is mentioned as a key player in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 when Brian Boru was killed.

Sihtric Silkbeard notably was responsible for the first mint in Ireland in the 990’s.