Offa, King of Mercia

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Offa, King of Mercia, by Unknown artist, circa 796 - NPG 4152 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Offa, King of Mercia

by Unknown artist
silver penny, circa 796
5/8 in. (16 mm) diameter
Given by Richard Cyril Lockett in memory of the late Richard Cyril Lockett, 1960
Primary Collection
NPG 4152

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One from a group of early coins displaying either profile or frontal portraits of English rulers. The designs were adopted from roman examples and provide emblems of kingship rather than life-like portraits.

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