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Later Anglo-Saxon & Norman Coins

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Anglo-Saxon, Kings of Mercia, Offa (757-796), BABBA/Crosslet Penny, Canterbury

 

Obverse: Long cross over circle with lozenge at centre dividing +O FF AR EX legend around

 

Reverse: Cross of pellets over linear square with B A B A in angles for the moneyer Babba at the Canterbury mint

An excellent chance to own one of history's iconic characters, of Offa's Dyke* fame.

Grade: Buckled but a large fragment, with obvious OFFA legend. Ex TimeLine auction, found Kent, noted on PAS.

Ref: S904                 

0.96g, 18mm 

    

SOLD

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.

Anglo-Saxon, Archbishop Ceolnoth Penny Fragment, LIABIN - Extremely RARE

 

Facing bust, inscribed open cross type, Canterbury, 854-64AD. Compare to Naismith 817-820.

Full flan weighs approx 1.3g this fragment weighs 0.26g, 14mm. Full flan auction value £2000-£5000!

 

 £500 (P&P FREE to UK)  

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, Edward the Elder, Two Line Silver Penny, Eicmund Moneyer, 899-924AD

 

 

Obverse: small cross, legend around, [+E]ADVVEARD

Reverse: EICMVN D MON in two lines with trefoil above, three crosses between [and possibly trefoil below]

21mm, 1.2 g. Ref:S1087, N649

Grade: VF+ but section missing. 

Prov: Ex Timeline auctions, previously a Sussex collection, found Kent or Essex in 1990s.

 

£450 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations as first please)

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.

 

Grade: Very Fine but with a crack to top of flan.

Ref: S1092

 

Æthelstan or Athelstan was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 to 927 and King of the English from 927 to 939 when he died. Historians regard him as the first King of England and one of the greatest Anglo-Saxon kings

 

£150 (+P&P, non-UK locations please ask first)

 

Anglo-Saxon, Eadmund (939-46) Two line/Annulet Silver Penny

 

Full flan but broken, supplied in film suspension case for display, can be removed if wished. 

 

 

Obv: +EADMVN:.D REX around an annulet

Rev: PIGA.MO, line above MO, moneyer Wigeard, trefoil top and bottom, central cross with annulet each side.

21mm

Grade: VF, full round and well centred, broken.

Prov: Ex Lockdales, previously from Lord Stewartby collection sold by Spink.

Ref: S1105

 

£390 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)

Anglo-Saxon, Eadred (946-955AD) Large Penny Fragment, Crowned Bust Type, East Anglian Style, ?Aethelwerth Moneyer, RARE

 

 

Obverse: Profile crowned bust, East Anglian style (most of portrait visible)

Reverse: Small cross to centre, legend around, ADEL [-] NETA

0.86g, 20mm

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! 

£450 (+P&P, non-UK ask)

Norman, Stephen, Cut Half Silver Penny, Awbridge Type, 1135-1154AD

 

 

Obverse: Crowned head of king, three-quarter facing, legend around, STIEFNE or similar FN visible, sceptre probably in right hand

Reverse: Voided short cross within beaded quatrefoil, in each quarter a fleur, legend around

Grade: VF

16mm

Ref: N881, S 1282

 

 

£260 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Norman, William I, Cut Halfpenny, Two Stars Type, Canterbury, Aelfred, 1066-1087

 

 

 

Obverse: +PILL[ELM REX] AN, crowned, diademed and draped bust facing, stars in fields 

Reverse:  ELFRED O[  ], cross botonnée over quadrilateral with incurved sides, annulet at centre

Ref: S1254, N 845

Grade: AVF, with good clear reverse legend

20mm

Prov: Ex DNW

The moneyer, AEfred, was active at the Canterbury mint and it would seem feasible that this would be the mint.

 

£230 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Late Anglo-Saxon, Stephen (1135-54), Local Eastern Variant During Civil War

 

Obv: crowned bust right holding sceptre

Reverse: cross with a lis in each angle

 

Many of these coins were disfigured with cancellation marks or by way of political statement! Our example is probably from Lincoln.

Grade: VF large fragment with peripheral weakness. VERY RARE. 0.89g

Ref: S1289

Prov: Ex DNW, comes with PAS research for this coin

£220 SOLD

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