Hiberno-Norse Thymn Penny
Hiberno-Norse Kings of Dublin, ‘Thymn’, Phase I (c.1000-c.1010), Penny, 1.2g., in imitation of the English, Aethelred II Long Cross type, bare headed draped bust left, pellet behind head, surrounded by 7 smaller pellets +ĐYMN ROE + MNEGNI,
Reverse, voided long cross, without pellets at ends of each cross, +EMIRNIE MIO LUND
Viking peck marks on the reverse, with cross botonee in one quarter. Excessively Rare
I have been unable to locate another variety of this coin which has recently come up for sale. From my research, one is held in the British Museum, reference is made to this style of bust and moneyer in the The coins of the Danish kings of Ireland : Hiberno-Danish series Reprinted from The British Numismatic Journal, Vol. VI. 1910. by Bernard Roth, F.S.A
There have been many suggestions trying to explain the name Thymn on the Dublin coinage sometime post 1000AD. Earlier numismatists attributed them to a ‘Donald, king of Monaghan,’ but no evidence has been found and as such, this historical king, this identification has been dropped.
Other numismatists believe that these coins were named as a rival of Sihtrics, this is also unsupported by other evidence. The majority of coins, struck under the name of Thymn relate to the Dublin mint, whereas this coin has the LVND mint signature for London. Other English Mints known are Winchester, Chichester & Shrewsbury, these are all likely to be fictitious and actually struck at Dublin.
Hoard evidence (esp. Igelösa and List) place these issues in the later part of Phase I (see M. Blackburn, ‘Presidential Address. Currency under the Vikings. Part 4. The Dublin Coinage c. 995-c. 1050,” BNJ 78 , pp. 131-2).
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