Sverre Sigurdsson's coinage
||Nidaros, Bergen(?), Elvesysla (?), Gimsøy (?), Hamar (?), Konghelle (?), Marstrand (?), Oslo (?), |
Stavanger (?), Veøy(?)
||Hagbarth and Torkjel (?)|
||Penny, half-penny, quarter-penny and bracteate|
We can establish that King Sverre issued whole pennies with double sided stamps carrying his name and title on the obverse edge inscription: REX SVERUS MAGNUS, "King Sverre Magnus," as he called himself. Magnus is a sobriquet Sverre took in reference to St. Olav's son Magnus. Sverre's archrival, Magnus Erlingsson (1160-1184), carried the same name.
A large hoard of coins found at Dæli, Nes (Ringsaker) in Hedmark in 1840 has yielded the most important material regarding King Sverre's coinage. The Dæli hoard also contained more than 4 000 bracteates, most of them Norwegian. Judging by style and other criteria, the bracteates are believed to be part of King Sverre's coinage.