Ælfwald, Cuthheard -
Northumbria, Ælfwald I (779/80-788), Sceat, Series Y, Cudheart, Fl·EVAl·DVS+ partially runic, around cross pattée, beaded border, rev. Moneyer CVDhEART, V barred, around cross pattée, linear border, 1.09g, 0° (SL 79-10 plate coin; SCBI 69, 878 this coin; North 183; Spink 859 [2008-16 plate coin]).
Images and selected text reproduced by kind permission of Spink and Son Ltd, London, auction 21050, The Tony Abramson Collection of Dark Age Coinage - Part II - Northumbria, March 18th 2021, lot #405. Provenance: G Mills, October 2014 ~ Found at Bridlington (East Yorkshire), 1998
Ælfwald’s later issues dropped the Fantastic Beasts reverse. One can imagine that the allusion to the Celtic horned deity of the north was an anathema to iconoclast tastes. The inscriptional reverse now named the moneyer, an astute transfer of responsibility for the integrity of the coinage. Ælfwald’s moneyer Cuthheard also minted for Æthelred I, Eardwulf (an extremely rare coinage), and Eanred’s first coinage. Some ascribe the coinage produced by Cuthheard to a shadowy Ælfwald II. Ælfwald was murdered at Chesters (Cilurnum, Hadrian’s Wall) and buried at Hexham Abbey. He was succeeded by his first cousin Osred (as Osbald, a violent and despised man, is thought to have killed Ælfwald’s son Bearn by conflagration at Selectune (Silton?) in 780).