King Cnut Coins
King Cnut, also known as Cnut the Great or King Canute, was the King of Denmark, England (1017 - 1035) and Norway - often referred to as the North Sea Empire. He won the throne following decades of Viking violence against England, and even after claiming the crown he continued to wage war across Scandinavia.
His legacy was short lived as within a decade of his death the Norman conquest (1066) saw the crown pass to William the Conqueror and the House of Normandy. Now over 1000 years since his reign started these are some of the oldest coins we have ever offered at BullionByPost, and we are proud to give our customers the chance to own a truly special piece of British history.
The son of King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark, Cnut was crowned King of England in 1017 by the Archbishop of Canterbury in London. The early years of his reign saw the execution of a number of English nobles that posed a risk to his rule. When his brother Harald II passed away, Cnut became King of Denmark, bringing the two countries together. He later claimed the throne of Norway uncontested after King Olaf Haraldsson stood down, and parts of Sweden.
In order to consolidate his claim in England, Cnut married Queen Emma - the widow of King Ethelred - but he also had a ‘handfast’ wife, Elfgifu of Northampton. Between the two he had three sons; Harthacnut, Svein Knutsson and Harold Harefoot.
Following Cnut’s death in 1035, his heir Harthacnut became King of Denmark, while Harold Harefoot became King in England.