Roerbakmix Posted February 6 · Member Share Posted February 6 (edited) My first addition of 2023 arrived last week at my friend @AnYangMan, who did not forget about the Elsen auction 153 (dec 2022) and bought the main coin I was after in the aftersale (thanks again!). It is a new variety of the VERNVS type, a sceatta that is traditionally attributed to England, though specimens have been found in France, Belgium and The Netherlands (including, probably, one of my three VERNVS types). There is some discussion on the meaning of VERNVS. Blackburn & Bonser speculate that the last three letters (ie NVS) are in fact part of the neck, and that the coin should read "VER", which could be interpreted as wer, the Old English word for Wergild; the legal money equivalent to a man's life. Other (imitative?) specimens read VENOVS or VAIꟼOIBE (alternative interpretation VAIOBE), suggesting a moneyers name instead. VERNVS sceattas are among the earlier sceattas, and were included in the Remmerden hoard (a large, continental hoard including mainly primary phase sceattas. Blackburn suggested a categorization in three groups: and all these groups were found in the Remmerden hoard. This means that, for inspiration, the die cutters could have used Series A and series C (sceattas of the primary phase), which where then abstracted over a short course of time: Metcalf and Op den Velde propose a new theory [JMP 2009], which is, essentially the exact opposite chronology as proposed by Blackburn: ... as far as I understand, mostly based on the reverse design. Long story short, here is the coin, photographed in the coin tray of @AnYangMan close to his superb addition from Elsen (which I hope he'll soon post here as well!) #Cliffhanger. AR sceatta, continental, 'VERNVS'-type. Obv/ Radiate bust to the left (which makes it a new variety), cross-pommée before. VV O below. Rev/ degenerate votive standard, lines and pellets around central pellet-in-annulet. Weight: 0.93g. Some minor deposits on the reverse, otherwise good silver, and attractively toned. Catalogue: new variety, not in JMP 2014. Personal communication with Tony Abramson: included in the corpus as 6-50. Checking ACsearch for VERNVS or VERNUS (32 hits), Sixbid (similar, some overlap), EMC (31 hits), PAS (7 hits, including one hoard), PAN (Dutch PAS, 0 hits), National Dutch Numismatic Collection (0 hits), I identified two others, one (the above) is an obverse and reverse die match to my coin (it doesn't add information on the dies however, as both dies are uniformly centered); the other is of different dies. With this new addition, I now own three VERNVS types, see below the stories of the first two: #1: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/brushing-the-dirt-of-mr-vernvs-who-was-bought-by-accident.372140/ #2: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/the-return-of-mr-vernvs-reunited-after-c-1300-years.381559/ (obv. die match to nr 1; find location in Netherlands). Edited February 6 by Roerbakmix 14 2 1 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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