Cnut was born around 990 to 1000, his father was Sweyn Forkbeard, the Danish prince, he in turn was the son of Harald Bluetooth. Little is known of his childhood and indeed the name of his mother. In a later Saga he is described as 'exceptionally tall and strong and the handsomest of men, all except for his nose which is rather hooked'. In 1013 he invades England with his father, a climax to a number of Viking raids. Aethelred II, the English king, flees the country to France and Forkbeard takes over. However, he dies not long after and Cnut's elder brother Harald Bluetooth becomes King of Denmark and Cnut is elected King of England. Of course, the English nobility disagrees with this and there is a period of unrest. Once fully on the throne he rules for nearly two decades and by all accounts, extremely well.
Reverse: Small voided cross, limbs united at base by two circles; in centre a pellet, in each angle an broken annulet enclosing a pellet, legend +LEOFPOLD ON LVN (Leofwold moneyer at London)
Grade: Extremely fine/very fine+, old ticket
Ref: S1158, N787
£385 (+ P&P, non-UK locations please ask first) #127
Reverse: Long voided cross, limbs terminating in three crescents; legend +SVRTINC M NOR (Swertinc moneyer at Norwich)
Grade: Extremely fine, old ticket stating from Cambridge hoard, RARE variety
£420 (+ P&P, non-UK locations please ask first) #120