HARTHACNUT

The dispute over Cnut's succession was peacefully resolved by the Witan to divide English rule. Although Harthacnut was the only legitimate son and heir, he was not able to leave Denmark for England until 1040, and secure the English kingdom without bloodshed on Harold's death. Both Harold I and Harthacnut issued coins simultaneously: Jewel Cross and Fleur-de-Lis by Harold I, Jewel Cross (1035-37), Arm and Sceptre by Harthacnut, also Arm and Sceptre by Harthacnut but in Cnut's name, and a Danish issue  of the Lund mint, issued by Harthacnut, with various sub-types.  Some of the Harthacnut types are shown here, with the Harold Harefoot coins on their own page.

 

 BNJ Refs: T. F. Cleghorn ‘An enigmatic Jewel Cross coin of Harthacnut’, BNJ 85 (2015), pp.274-90  
  M. Blackburn &  A. Rogerson, ‘A small purse hoard of Harthacnut coins from Bowthorpe, Norfolk’,  BNJ 61 (1991), pp.125-26  
  R. H. M. Dolley,  The “jewel-cross” coinage of Ælfgifu Emma, Harthacnut, and Harold I’, BNJ 27 (1952-54), pp.266-75
 
  H. A. Parsons, ‘The Anglo-Saxon coins of Harthacnut’, BNJ11 (1915), pp.21-55  
  H. A. Parsons,  Some coins of Sigtuna inscribed with the names of Æthelred, Cnut, and Harthacnut  BNJ11 (1915), pp. 3-19  

 

Arm & Sceptre
Arm & Sceptre
Detail
Arm & Sceptre
Arm & Sceptre
Detail
Arm & Sceptre
Arm & Sceptre
Detail
Jewelled Crown
Jewelled Crown
Detail
 
 
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