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Exceptional Coenwulf from the Lockett Collection

Sale: CNG 78, Lot: 2124. Estimate $5000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2008. 
Sold For $9100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Coenwulf. 796-821. AR Penny (1.30 g, 12h). Group III; Cross Moline type. Canterbury mint; Oba, moneyer. Struck circa 810-820. + COENVVLF REX m, diademed bust right / + ◊BA mONETA, cross moline. Blunt, Coinage 63 = Lockett, Dorsetshire, 1 (this coin); SCBI 20 (Mack), 588; cf. BMC 75 (rev. legend); North 352 var. (wedge in each quarter); SCBC 916. EF, lightly toned. Very rare.

From the Ross Schraeder Collection. Ex Richard Cyril Lockett Collection (Part IV, Glendining’s, 26 April 1960), lot 3584; Dorset Hoard (IBCH 125).

The small hoard of Anglo-Saxon pennies found in Dorsetshire shortly before 1915 contained nine coins, one of which being this type of the moneyer Oba. From the contents of the find, it can be determined that the hoard was deposited around 833.