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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2429. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Northumbria. Aethelred I. Second reign, 789-796. AR Sceat (1.04 gm). ED. + G RED., small cross / CVD CLS (Cuthgils?, moneyer), shrine. North 184; Pirie 22; Seaby 857. Toned EF, minor encrustation. Very rare. ($1000)

When researching this coin it was noted that all three references cited here disagree on the meaning of the reverse legend. North and Pirie both interpret it as spelling a moneyer's name, respectively either Cuthgils or Cuducils (Pirie leaves her reading uncertain). On the other hand, Spink (Seaby) misinterprets the letters as reading backwards, SCT CVD, and therefore reads it as an abbreviation for St. Cuthbert. As the letters are quite clear on the present specimen, it can clearly be seen that they in no way read SCT. Thus, one must not see in this an extraordinary type but instead see in it simply a rare coin with a moneyer's name.