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Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.
First coinage, Billion silver issue (all James II pennies are from this
issue), second issue, Edinburgh mint. This is a rarer mule - a type Bi obverse with
a clear initial mark Crown coupled with a type Biii
reverse with saltires alongside the trefoil of
pellets in the angles. Spink 5251 / 5251B.
For clarification, the obverse to type Biii
has initial mark Lis.
The old tickets don't reflect this muling of
the dies because I assume the referencing system has only recently been
updated. The main image is appalling,
even by my low standards, so here's one taken with a camera phone which clearly
shows the obverse
initial mark Crown - see here. James II groats and halfgroats were designed
to come into line with their English counterparts, at least
that was the intention for the second coinage. The Scottish did such a good job that the new
groats did indeed look like English groats and were the same weight and had the
same silver content as the English groats but unfortunately were
valued at twelve pence in Scotland whereas the corresponding English
groats were valued at four pence in England.
This produced serious consequences for the penny, especially as it was
billion (and, in the spirit of not learning lessons, continued to be billon
under James III), which ultimately had very little spending power, north or
south of the border. This is a very poor
issue, as you'd expect with the billon nature of the silver content. However, even though this is a rare denomination
with very few extant examples, this coin is high grade for issue with all
details / devices clear, as well as the bulk of the legends. In a period where monarchs rarely ran the
full course of their lives, James II met his maker in 1460 in one of the more
unusual ways - during the siege of Roxburgh Castle, a canon next to the king
accidentally blew up, terminating both cannon and king. A very rare coin indeed
with excellent provenance, the interesting muling and
in high grade for issue. £645
1687 James VII
Scottish Silver Ten Shillings.
Single pellet either side of the date and
either side of the 10 below bust. The reverse depicting St Andrew's cross with national emblems. Spink 5641. A very short issue - just
three years - due to James being trounced by William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
He lived out the rest of his days in exile in France, dying in 1701. Graded XF40 (extremely fine 40) which in
reality is actually a straight VF obverse, GVF reverse. Incidentally, this coin is the third highest
graded example of this date recorded on the NGC database. Should collectors wish to disassociate coin
from slab, I'm told it is a very quick, easy and most gratifying process. £995
Grade Anglo-Saxon Silver Sceatta. Regal issue, Eadberht, 737-58.
Obv: E◊TBERHTVΓ around a central small cross pattee, rev: Stylised quadreped
(stag), left. Chapman
48 (same dies), North 178, Spink 847.
Lightly toned and EF rather than the ascribed GVF on the accompanying
ticket. An outstanding
example of this desirable and iconic Saxon silver coin. Find better! £695
Aethelred II Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny - Rare Mint. B.M.C. IVa, voided long cross type, AD 997-1003. +AELFS TAN N MO LEIG - moneyer Aelfstan working out of the Leicester mint town. A rare mint and an even
rarer moneyer with no examples of Aelfstan
being recorded for Aethelred II B.M.C. IVa on the excellent EMC database. Good provenance, being ex Steve Green
collection, ex A.William collection (acquired Spink,
2019), ex Spink Numismatic Circular 1997.
Aethelred II Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny - Rare Mint. B.M.C. IVa, voided long cross type, AD 997-1003. +VLE GET MO L IHFR - moneyer Wulfgeat working out of the Leicester mint town. A rare mint and an even
rarer moneyer with only a single example of Wulfgeat
being recorded for Aethelred II B.M.C. IVa on the excellent EMC database. Good provenance, being ex Steve Green collection,
ex A.William collection (acquired CNG 2020), ex Spink
(2014), ex Baldwin's (2007). Rare. £665
Aethelred II Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny - Rarer Mint. B.M.C. IVa, voided long cross type, AD 997-1003. +AEL FRIC MO N VNT - moneyer Aelfric working out of the Huntingdon mint town. Good provenance, being ex Steve Green
collection, ex Dr J. Hulett (acquired DNW 2017). Rare. £495
Harold II Very
Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny - Better Mint. B.M.C. I, PAXS
(peace) type, 5th January 1066 – 14th
only with the end of the reign coming on the
battlefield at the famous Battle of Hastings.
Obverse crowned bust, left, sceptre before, +HAROLD REX AN; reverse PAX
in a central tablet, +AELFGEAT ON LINCOL – moneyer Wulfgeat
struck at the Lincoln mint. An extremely healthy 1.33g
with 10h die rotation. Hild type A, Spink 1186, North 836. The 14th October
witnessed the fall of the Saxon period and the dawn of the Norman period in England.
Although created by the victors, the Bayous Tapestry is said to be
somewhat representative of the battle: commissioned by Bishop Odo, William the Conqueror's half-brother, the Tapestry
tells the story of the events surrounding the conquest of England by the Duke
of Normandy, including the famous arrow (spoiler alert: there was no arrow in
the eye until the nineteenth century restorers put it there and further, the
recipient of said nineteenth century arrow wasn’t even Harold Godwinson). Lincoln is a rarer Saxon mint, situated up
on the left of Steep Hill and, I believe, the building is still there, or at
least remnants of it? In terms of the
obverse legend ending, the much abbreviated ANGLO, represented on this die by
simply "AN", is very rare. The
famous Braintree Hoard of late Anglo-Saxon pennies was 122 in total. Of those, most were the unabbreviated version
- ANGLO. Of that hoard, only x8
terminated in "AN": x3 London mint (many more London mints were the usual longer
reading), x3 Maldon mint (there were only x3 Maldon mint coins in the hoard), a
single Stamford and a single Wilton mint. Again, Stamford and Wilton were represented by more coins but
these all had the longer version.
Crucially, the two Lincoln pennies in that hoard were both
ANGL. Toned VF - a
very handsome and imposing coin.
Finally, there were x3 Maldon mint coins in the Braintree Hoard and only
Maldon is so rare a mint as to have zero examples so far recorded
on the EMC database! This coin toned and
VF. A very handsome,
imposing, rare and desirable coin. £6,850