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Northumbrian Styca, Aethelred II, Phase IIC Forthred Moneyer, c841-850
Edward the Confessor, Silver Penny, Pointed Helmet Type, York, Winterfugal (Rare Moneyer) 1053-1056
Obverse:Helmeted, bearded and draped bust right, cross-tipped sceptre in front, +EDP[AR]D REI
Reverse: Voided short cross with pelle-tin-annulet centre and triple crescent ends; annulet in fourth quarter, +PINTERFVOGL [ON EO?]
Ref: N825, Spink 1179
Grade: Rather battered but good detail to portrait, rare moneyer - Fine+
Prov: Ex Alfa Numismatics
£300 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)
An excellent chance to own one of history's iconic characters, of Offa's Dyke* fame.
Grade: VF, name clearly legible, toned, small perforation along two cracks, stable
Ref: Chick 237, S908, North 289
Prov: Ex CNG, previously from the Londinium Collection
£1,100 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)
Offa's Dyke - It has not been archeologically proven when the large earth boundary was erected, but chroniclers of the time attribute the dyke to Offa and they have no reason to think otherwise. It was built along the English/Welsh border to prevent invasion and its remnants have been measured at being 64 miles long from one coast to the other.
Cnut, Silver Penny, Quatrefoil Type, Thetford Mint, Tidred, AD 1016-35
Obverse: CNVT REX ANGLORVM, crowned bust left
An unusual varient with the die maker starting the legend at 6 o'clock
Reverse: Voided cross over quatrefoil, legend around, +TIDRED MO DEOD. Large pellet in one quarter, third D with thorn
Dated approx 1017-23. 0.83g, 18.5mm
Grade: Full round flan in mint state, beautiful!
Prov: Ex Lockdales, previously Baldwin's, 2016, and before that London Coins, 2003. Lockdales notes that only 12 Tidred coins known for Thetford, a die match for those of the Cambridge hoard found in 1993.
Ref: Spink 1157
Reverse: Voided short cross within beaded quatrefoil, in each quarter a fleur, legend around
Ref: N881, S 1282
£260 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)
Saxon, Edward the Confessor, Silver Penny, Pyramids Type, Spraelinc at Winchester (Rare Moneyer) 1065-1066
Obverse: Bust right, bearded and crowned, holding sceptre in front, EADWARD REX
Reverse: Short voided cross, in each angle a pyramid terminating in a pellet, +SPRMCLINC ON P (Spraelinc on Winchester)
Ceolnoth - Little is know of his history until he became Archbishop of Canterbury in 833. His major preoccupation, however, were dealing with the Viking raids that continued, especially on isolated monestries and it is noted that there was a decline in the production of manuscripts during this period from disruption of the Scriptorums. He is recorded having founded the close co-operation between the post of Archbishop of Canterbury and the future Kings of England.
Anglo-Saxon, Aethelstan (924-39) Circumscription Cross Double Obverse Half Fragment
Research shows that this coin fragment was originally sold by the prestigious numismatic auction house, Spink, in 2015. The double obverse type is very rare and therefore may be an interesting contemporary imitation.
Reverse: Small cross to centre, legend around, ADEL [-] NETA
Grade: VF+ a very rare piece even as a fragment
Ref: S1115, N 713, BM 695
Notes: This very rare coin fragment shows a bold, almost complete portrait of Eadred. It is extremely well struck and at full flan would cost over £6000!