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Scripe With A Roman Short Sword ID

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 Posted 11/16/2012  3:16 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Imasnore to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This was an interesting token... about 22 mm, with a cross & script which I could read as: SCRIPE a Roman short sword, more letters and symbols. It appears stamped on a blank non descript disc. I have provided jpegs of this token and was wondering has any other member encountered such an item and could they Identify it ?

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 Posted 11/16/2012  6:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What you have is a "Jorvik penny". These are reproductions, made in the 20th century from copies of dies found in archaeological excavations at York and sold to visitors of the Jorvik Viking Centre. My dad bought one of these for me when he visited there in the 1990s. At one stage you could even strike one yourself using some replica dies and a big hammer, but I think they've stopped doing that.

The two dies found were actually the obverses from two separate coins. The top one is a "St Peters Penny", with the Sword of Peter, Thors's Hammer and the legend "SCI PETRI MO" (listed in the Spink catalogue of English coins as number 1014), struck circa 919-925 AD by the Viking colonists in York. The legend is abbreviated Latin, for Sancti Petrus Moneta, St Peter's Money. The other side is from a penny of one of the Saxon kings, AEthelstan (Spink #1093).

They were originally sold with a little descriptive certificate, telling you all about it. I still have mine:
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 Posted 11/16/2012  7:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Imasnore to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I found this in a junk coin box, I usually purchase some coins/tokens that are interesting and I can research and learn something about them and their history. Thank You for your information on JORVIK Reproduction.
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