This Lydford Penny, minted between 978 and 1016 AD, shows the
head of Aethelred II, who was
the Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex
in that period.
Each such coin was of solid silver, equivalent to stirling silver, and had a diameter
of about 20 mm and a weight close to 1.6 grams. Such coins were made at the Lydford
Mint (whose location in Lydford is still unknown) and were valid throughout the
Kingdom of Wessex at the time of the Great Viking Raid on Tavistock and Lydford in AD 997.
The long-cross allowed the coin to be cut into quarters (that being
necessary since a silver penny was approximately the payment for one