Alfred the Great Penny

Alfred the Great (0847-0899)

Classification: ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Wessex; Kings of the Anglo-Saxons; Hammered.

Alfred the Great (Aelfred) was King of Wessex 871-886 and King of the Anglo-Saxons 886-899. He was known as a well educated, fair-minded person, Christian and excellent King.

Born around 847–849 to King Æthelwulf of Wessex, Alfred's three elder brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht and Æthelred, ruled in turn before him. Alfred took the throne in 871 and spend much of his time fighting Viking invaders. After a victory in the Battle of Edington (878), Alfred agreed the Danelaw with the Vikings, splitting the country and allowing the North of England to use the laws of the Danes. Eventually the Vikings reneged on the deal and Alfred went back into battle, ultimately becoming the dominant ruler of England.

Alfred died on 26 October 899, aged 50-51.

 Obverse Reverse 880 Penny - Alfred the Great
Mintage: N/A
 Obverse Reverse 880 Penny - Alfred the Great (Tilwine)
Mintage: Rare

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