Sceattas

Sceattas (singular Sceat) were coins minted in the Dark Ages of early Anglo Saxon Britain and the Low Countries. The term is derived from the Old English word for "wealth". These are similar to the Roman denarii and really should be considered as the first British pennies. Although there was the occasional rare gold issue most were of silver. The designs are hugely variable but often include men, animals and monsters. However as they have no mint marks or reconizable portraits it can be difficult to associate them with towns or rulers.

 

          

          

                     Early Saxon Sceattas

         (Images Courtesy of Lloyd Bennett)