mancus

mancus, m.n: gold coin (4.25g gold), unit of currency worth 30 silver pence (about a month’s wages for a skilled worker, such as a craftsman or a soldier). (MAHN-kuss / ˈman-kʌs)

Gold coin with the profile of a man looking to the right and the words ‘Rex Coenvulf’.
Mancus; England, reign of Coenwulf (796-821); British Museum 2006,0204.1. [britishmuseum.org]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.