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    Norway. Olav Kyrre. 1067-1080. Penny, 0.77g (12h). Obv: Dragon head left. Rx: Long bifurcated cross. Cf. Schive 2/31. Smallish flan, otherwise Toned EF/VF+.

    Olav Kyrre was the son of Harold Hardrada, the Norwegian adventurer who perished at Stamford Bridge in 1066. While part of the invasion force, Olav stayed on board ship and missed the battle. He returned to Norway with his father's body and was crowned king along with his brother Magnus. With the latter's death in 1069, Olav ruled alone and peacebly, renouncing his father's aggressive foreign policy. As an interesting side note, the only Norse coin discovered in North America that can plausibly be attributed to Viking trade with the natives, the so-called "Maine Penny," is an Olav Kyrre pfenning of this type.

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