Saxon Coins

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Early Anglo-Saxon Silver Sceats




Kings of Northumbria Saxon Coins


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.  £99


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 StycaAethelred 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




Middle Saxon "Hammered Silver" Issues


King Offa (757 – 796):  Read about King Offa





Eadmund (936-946):


WSax-5772:  Eadmund Middle Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  936-46 AD.  Kings of all England era.  Moneyer Aelfwald, B.M.C. I.  Extra image added here.  Full flan, toned, problem-free.  Spink 1105.  A lovely example.  £990




Late Saxon "Hammered Silver" Issues


Aethelred II (978-1016): Read about Aethelred II


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)  £475


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.  £995


WSax-6738:  Aethelred II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny.  B.M.C. IVa.  Late Saxon, 997 - 1003 AD.  Long cross type.  York mint town.  ÐVRVLF.MO.EOFR (Thorulf of York).  Spink 1151.  Viking test cut to obverse.  Cheap.  £295 RESERVED (S.M.20-12-20)


WSax-6831:  Aethelred II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny – Very Rare Mint.  B.M.C. IIIa.  Late Saxon, 991 - 997AD.  Crux type.  Dorchester mint town.  Moneyer PVLFNOD.  Spink 1148.  Ex Elmore-Jones collection (1971), DNW auction (2014).  Dorchester rate at £1,500 in Spink 2020.  The coin has a slight edge crack (3 o’clock obverse).  The marks on the obverse and reverse that look like cracks are do NOT go through to the other sides.  They are either die cracks or minor surface stress marks.  The coin rings good and true when lightly dropped.  A very rare coin with excellent provenance.  £895




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.  £425


WSax-4485:  Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. XVI - Short cross type (1029-35/6), “+MANNA-ON-NORD”.  Extra image added here.  Spink 1159.  Rarer Norwich mint.  £449


WSax-6011:  Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. XVI - Short cross type (1029-35/6), “+AEGELPINE ON EOF”.  Spink 1159.  York mint.  £399


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.  £895


WSax-6334:  Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. XVI - Short cross type (1029-35/6), “+BLACAMAN O SNO”.  Spink 1159.  Nottingham mint.  An extremely rare mint coin.  Ex Cnut hoard of 1993, ex Sharp collection, ex Baldwins, ex Spink, ex Lord Stewartby collection.  Sold with three tickets (two shown here).  Dr John Sharp (1644-1714), Archbishop of York from 1691 was an enthusiastic collector and student of coins and medals; his interest seems to have begun around 1687 when, as Rector of St Giles in the Fields, he ‘found it a good divertisement in the evening’. In contrast to nearly all his numismatic forbears and contemporaries who were interested in Ancient Greece and Rome, Sharp selected the coinages of the British Isles and, to a lesser extent, the Colonies and Continental Europe, as his chosen fields. He wrote his ‘Observations on the Coinage of England with a letter to Mr [Ralph] Thoresby’ in 1698-99, which was to circulate amongst numismatists in manuscript form for nearly a century before being finally printed in 1785.  Subsequent owners of the Sharp collection evidently added to the collection. The historical sequence of ownership of the collection runs as follows: 

(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 £1,995


WSax-6754:  Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. VIII - Quatrefoil type (1017-23), “+AELFPI ON LEHER”.  Spink 1159.  The rare Leicester mint.  There is a minor split after the N of ON.  A rare coin.  £545


WSax-6865:  Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. VIII - Quatrefoil type (1017-23), “+ELLEPINE ON LEC”.  Spink 1159.  The rarer Chester (Welsh Borders) mint.  A rarer mint and one from a very interesting part of the country.  £475 RESERVED (S.M.20-12-20)


WSax-6962:  Cnut HIGH GRADE Hammered Silver Saxon Penny.  Voided short cross, B.M.C.XVI - +PVLFPINE.ON.LIN, Lincoln mint, Wulfwine as moneyer.  Circa 1029-35-6.  Spink 1159.  Choice - A really nice grade coin together with some subtle underlying toning.  £475


WSax-6965:  Cnut Hammered Silver Late Saxon Penny.  Voided short cross, B.M.C.XVI - ++BRIhTMER ON.LV, London mint, Brihtmer as moneyer.  Circa 1029-35-6.  Spink 1159.  Not  a great image from my “better” camera so I’ve included images here using a cheap camera phone.  £325




Harold I (1035-1040): Read about Harold I


WSax-7022:  Harold 1st Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  Jewel Cross type, B.M.C.i, 1036-38.  +COLGRIM.ON-LINCON.  Lincoln mint.  Spink 1163.  Sold with an old dealer ticket stating £950 asking price.  £875




Edward the Confessor (1042-1066): Read about Edward The Confessor.


WSax-5502:  Edward The Confessor Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  Late Saxon – pyramids type (1065-66).  B.M.C. XV.  Stafford - GODSPINE.  Extra image added here.  Very rare mint town.  £1,095


WSax-6969:  Edward The Confessor Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  Late Saxon – small flan type (1048-50).  B.M.C. II.  Sandwich mint - LIFPINE.  Very rare mint town.  The obverse mark by the king’s face is a difference in height of the silver and the reverse stress mark is surface only.  This was clearly not a good blank that they used.  £635




Harold II (1066 only):  Read about Harold II ("Last of the Saxons")


WSax-7026:  Harold II Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. 1 – PAX type with crowned head left and sceptre before.  +LEOFSI ON LVNDEII – London mint.  19.5mm, 1.27g, 12h.  Spink 1186, North 836.  Virtually EF grade with the most amazing toning; slightly greater on the obverse which is absolutely what you’d expect of a coin lying in a cabinet for many years exposed to the atmosphere and light, obverse up.  In fact the toning is so apparent that my Canon camera couldn’t really cope with the visual input but bizarrely, my cheap camera phone could.  Harold II pennies have always been at a premium but in the last few years that has increased exponentially.  I tried to purchase a very similar grade example in January (without the toning) but that went at auction for $10,000 plus the usual 25-30% commission.  Ex Lampasas collection.  Sold with a detailed printout and a cabinet ticket.  £6,900