About Brythnoth Coins
As far back as I can remember I have had a love of history. As a child growing up in the late 1950s and 1960s, I was fortunate to be able to look primarily at the base coinage of five different monarchs (Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II), mostly obtained from my change, and to a lesser extent from other sources. My fascination with the coins’ similarities and differences soon became a hobby and before I knew it, I had become a numismatist. In those days, coin collecting was more to do with dates than types.
When I grew up, work and other distractions meant that my interest in coins became dormant for over thirty years. Then in 2007, my interest was rekindled under eBay’s influence and this inevitably led to me collecting coins again. Eventually, I started selling surplus coins and now, after over a thousand trades buying and selling on eBay as brythnothcoins, I have undertaken this new venture.
My aim is to provide a customer-focussed service and to concentrate mainly on the copper and bronze coinage of Great Britain from 1820 – 1970.
Where Does The Name Brythnoth Come From?
Brythnoth and the Battle of Maldon, 991AD
The Battle of Maldon took place on the estuary of the River Blackwater in Essex. Here there was a heroic stand by the Saxons under their leader Ealdorman Brythnoth (there are several variations of the spelling of his name) against a Danish Viking invasion force which ended in the utter defeat of the Saxon defenders.
In the battle, the Vikings, under their leader Olaf, tried to land at Maldon after a series of raids along the Essex coast. At Maldon, they were confronted by Brythnoth’s Saxon force. The Vikings demanded payment as the price for their withdrawal, but Brythnoth scorned the idea of paying Danegeld to them and rejected their offer with contempt.
The battle had to wait because of the rising tide. When the tide ebbed, Brythnoth sportingly – some would say foolishly – permitted the Vikings to cross the causeway separating the two sides.
The Saxons at first stood firm against the invaders, but when Brythnoth was killed by a poisoned spear early in the battle, some of the Saxons panicked and fled.
However, what gives enduring interest to the battle is the great courage with which a group of Brythnoth’s retainers, knowing that the fight was already lost, deliberately sacrificed themselves in a vain attempt to avenge their Lord’s death.
We hope that we can show to our customers the personal service given by Brythnoth’s retainers to their Lord – but in a less dramatic manner!