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Small silver coin minted during the period ad 690 until ad 790 in southern English and Frisian kingdoms. They are distinctive in being made from pellets hammered between a pair of dies. The earliest sceattas are those from Frisia in the last decades of the 7th century ad; these were imitated from about ad 690 by the kings of Kent and issued in a series of designs collectively known as the primary series. A secondary series came slightly later during the middle Saxon period and were issued by a number of kings and bishops. Secondary‐series sceattas are found widely over England southeast of a notional line between the Humber and the Exe.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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