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Early Anglo-Saxon Silver Sceats
WSax-6850: Kings of Northumbria Archiepiscopal Issue Saxon Styca. Archbishop Wigmund, AD 837-849/50, moneyer Coenred. Spink 870. Very nice grade with retrograde legends. £95
WSax-4997: Very nice grade Wigmund Anglo-Saxon Archbishop of York Coin. AD 837 – 849/50. Extra image added here. Spink 870. Moneyer COENRED. £78
WSax-6855: Kings of Northumbria Early Saxon Styca. Aethelred II, second reign, AD 843/4-849/50, moneyer MONNE. Spink 868. Very nice grade. £79
WSax-6922: Anglo Saxon Kings of Northumbria Styca – Aethelred II. A Regal Issue, circa AD 841 – 843/4. Moneyer Eanred. Spink 865. Nice grade considering this is well over 1,000 years old! £75
King Offa (757 – 796): Read about King Offa
Wulfred (Archbishop of Canterbury) (805 – 832):
Middle Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. Portrait penny,
Coenwulf (King of Mercia) (796 – 821):
Middle Saxon Kings of Mercia Hammered Silver Penny. Portrait penny,
Middle Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. 936-46
AD. Kings of all
Late Saxon "Hammered Silver" Issues
Aethelred II (978-1016): Read about Aethelred II
II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny – Rare Mint.
Saxon, 997 - 1003 AD. Long cross
WSax-5995: Aethelred II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny – Rare Mint. B.M.C. I. Late Saxon, 1009 - 1017 AD. Last short cross type. Exeter mint town. Spink 1154. Moneyer WULFSIGE. Rare mint. £385
WSax-6425: Aethelred II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny – Rarer Mint. B.M.C. IIIa. Late Saxon, 991 - 997AD. Crux type. Totnes mint town. Moneyer AELFSTAN. Spink 1148. Ex Bonham’s auction 2006. Rarer mint. (E) £425
WSax-6194: Aethelred II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny. B.M.C. VIII var. Late Saxon, 1003-09 AD. Helmet type. London mint town. Moneyer PVLGAR. Extra annulets in the first and third reverse quarters – an extremely rare ECCLIASTICAL issue. Unusual varieties with Ecclesiastical devices are nearly always exclusively from the East Anglian mints. This is London and the first I’ve ever seen. Hild type E, Spink 1152 var, North 775 var. No examples known for B.M.C or in Scandinavia. Not on the E.M.C. database. Sold with three tickets (an old one shown here, a Mike Vosper ticket and a Tim Owen ticket). A very rare coin. £895
II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny.
Saxon, 997 - 1003 AD. Long cross
II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny – Very Rare Mint. B.M.C. IIIa. Late Saxon, 991 - 997AD. Crux type.
Cnut (1016-1035): Read about Cnut.
WSax-6448: Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. Pointed helmet type (1024-30), B.M.C. xiv. Blundered and retrograde images – a contemporary imitation of possibly Continental origins. We’re all aware of the later Norman practice of test cutting Henry 1st pennies, indicating that contemporary counterfeits were a serious issue at the time, but how many of us have actually seen Saxon and Norman contemporary counterfeits? This coin would fool anyone in Saxon / Norman times (and now), assuming they were illiterate, which many people were. A rare and interesting coin requiring much research. Ex Spink. £385
Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. B.M.C. XVI - Short cross type (1029-35/6), “+AEGELPINE ON EOF”. Spink 1159.
WSax-6088: Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. B.M.C. XVI - Short cross type (1029-35/6), “+AEGELRIC O SCEFT”. Spink 1159. Shaftsbury mint. No examples of Shaftsbury Cnut pennies in the Mack (1975) collection and only a single example (+ ÆLRIC ON SCEFTE) on the EMC database. A very rare mint coin. £795
Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. B.M.C. XVI - Short cross type (1029-35/6), “+BLACAMAN O SNO”. Spink 1159.
(i) Dr John Sharp (1644-1714), Archbishop of York;
(ii) John Sharp (1674-1726), eldest son of the Archbishop, of Grafton Park, Northamptonshire;
(iii) Dr Thomas Sharp (1693-1758), his brother, who was Archdeacon of Northumberland and Prebendary of Durham;
(iv) His son Dr John Sharp (1723-1792), Vicar of Hartburn, Perpetual Curate of Bamburgh, who succeeded his father as Archdeacon of Northumberland and who oversaw extensive restoration of the largely-ruined Bamburgh Castle;
(v) His daughter Anne Jemima Sharp (1762-1816), who bequeathed it in her will to her uncle Granville Sharp (1735-1813), the prominent Anti-Slavery campaigner. In the event Granville died before his niece, so that on her death in 1819 it passed to her first cousin, another great-granddaughter of the Archbishop:
(vi) Catherine Sharp (1770-1843) of Clare Hall, near Barnet, whose husband Rev. Andrew Boult took the name Sharp on marriage;
(vii) Her nephew Thomas Barwick Lloyd-Baker (1807-86), the social reformer and ornithologist who was also a direct descendant of the Archbishop through his maternal grandfather William Sharp (1729-1810), George III’s surgeon; thence by descent.
During the 1960s and 1970s material from the celebrated Archbishop Sharp Collection was sold through the agency of dealers A.H. Baldwin & Sons, and Owen Parsons of Gloucester. There were auctions of Continental Coins (Sotheby & Co., 14 March 1966) and the particularly important English Coins and Medals Charles I – Anne (and Colonial Coins) held by Glendining & Co., 5 October 1977. The cataloguer of the latter sale drew attention to the distinctive toning found on many of the Archbishop Sharp silver coins, a feature which applies equally to the piece offered here. Some of these have been studied and occasionally referenced in the past. This coin £1,895
Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. B.M.C. VIII - Quatrefoil type (1017-23), “+AELFPI ON LEHER”. Spink 1159. The rare
Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. B.M.C. VIII - Quatrefoil type (1017-23), “+ELLEPINE ON LEC”. Spink 1159. The rarer
Harold I (1035-1040): Read about Harold I
WSax-6591: Harold “Harefoot” 1st Hammered Silver Saxon Penny. Late Saxon – Fleur-de-Lis type (1036-35). B.M.C. V, 1038-40. PVLFPINE O GRA – Cambridge mint. Sold with old tickets (see here). Wavy flan but beautifully toned and otherwise problem-free. There were no Harold 1st Cambridge coins of any type in the famous Elmore Jones collection (such an extensive accumulation that it makes an excellent yardstick). £945
WSax-6910: Harold “Harefoot” 1st late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. Silver Jewel Cross B.M.C.1 penny,
1036-38 only. + ON LINCOLI –
Edward the Confessor (1042-1066): Read about Edward The Confessor.
Harold II (1066 only): Read about Harold II ("Last of the Saxons")
WSax-6520: Harold II Hammered Silver
Saxon Penny. Very
late Saxon – PAX and Sceptre type, 1066 only. B.M.C. I. Spink 1186. GODRIC on THEOTI (