The First Penny Was a Silver Coin

The first silver coin penny was minted in Mercia, England in 790 under King Offa’s rule. The coin was struck in Canterbury displaying influences of both old Roman coinage and the deniers of Carolingian Franks. The coin bore King Offa’s image, title and minter’s name.

Date:
      790 CE
Name(s):
      King Offa
Location:
      Canterbury, England


Additional Information:

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