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Pierced silver penny of King Offa of Mercia by Lul, 792–96

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Offa of Mercia managed to subject much of southern England during his reign, but he is perhaps most famous for the Dyke he built between his Midlands kingdom and Wales.

This penny, struck in East Anglia, follows a Mercian coinage reform of 792 and testifies to Offa's control. It was probably pierced to be used as an ornament, perhaps to show the attractive four-lobed design.

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