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Type Classification of coins with Runes WES/SEW

All of the coins in this section of the research have the Runes cut in the above fashion. Sometimes Runes are cut reversed or even upside-down. A mixture of these variations can be seen in one short piece of text. The “W” rune is reversed in both examples in this research.

 

Coins with runes WES/SEW cut on the die. Both of these coins have a Tufa above the standard on the reverse. Coins ID 2 and ID 9 were allocated type numbers R9/100 and R9/110.

 

R9/100

Coin ID 2 has a crown of “X’s” above the head, this configuration is rarely seen. Behind the head is a forward pointing chevron with an annulet both above and below it. The runes WES/SEW are in front of the head. Below the head are what appears be four exergual lines. It is usual to see a beaded line with an almost continuous line above and below it, however, there seems to a curved line of pellets above the third line. The obverse flan is encircled by a clearly defined border of quite large pellets. The lips are formed by two pellets. On the reverse of the coin the strike is offset considerably to the left. With the Tufa being considered at the top of the coin the central annulet within the standard has an “L” above to the left and an angled line to the top right, below are two “L’s”. The Tufa above the standard is very small and does not contain any pellets. There are probably four corner line outside of the standard but the left side is not visible. The crosses on the three sides other than the Tufa look very small and crudely formed, possibly only large pellets. The reverse flan is quite corroded. There does not appear to be a beaded border on the reverse. See image below.

 

 

ID 2 Abramson Collection

 

 

 

R9/110

Coin ID 9 has many similarities on it’s obverse as the coin shown above. The runes are much less clearly defined on this coin, however the “S” runes is cut with an opposite angled diagonal interconnecting line. The crown is a two point crown with a pellet to the front of it above the “S” rune. The beaded border is also less well defined. The exergual lines have a less pronounced curve. Many of the elements of the iconography on the reverse are also similar, however all elements are somewhat poorly defined. Symbols within the standard appear to be two horizontal “T’s” pommée above right and below left, a angled line also pommée top left and a cross pommée bottom right. I have interpreted the bottom right element/symbol as a cross because there are definitely four pellets (cross pommée) on each end of the symbol. I don’t think that this would be the case with an “L”. The reverse is offset to the left (if the Tufa is deemed to be at the top of the coin). There is a very poorly defined beaded border around the right hand side of the reverse from about “12 o’clock” to “5 o’clock”, this has not been included in the red and black diagram.See image below.

 

ID 9 British Mus 687