Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sceat (a coin), in my words + sceattas

sceter : sceat (coin)

The sceat was a small, thick, silver Anglo-Saxon coin minted circa 675-750 AD. Sceattas pre-date Anglo-Saxon pennies. The modern English term sceat comes from the Old English word sceatt.

The Illunse word for sceat is sceter. Sceter is a rare last name. Sceter looks somewhat similar to the Modern English word sceptre.

This word is a mixture of the Old English word sceatt (property; money; payment), and the Latin word sesterius (a large brass coin minted during the Roman Empire; a small silver coin minted during the Roman Republic; worth 1/4 denarius).

The sceat and the sesterius were coins from completely different time periods, although both were, in their time, in everyday use. I'm not claiming that they are in any way equivalent. This Illunse word is admittedly something I threw together, a kludge, to construct another denomination of coins. I'm thinking of making the Illunse sceter worth more than the Illunse dening, or penny.

The picture is of an Anglo-Saxon sceat coin from Kent.

sceteras : sceattas (coins)

The Illunse word for sceattas (nominative plural) is sceteras.

In Latin the plural of sesterius is sestertii. In Old English the plural of sceatt is sceattas.

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