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CNG 85, Lot: 1525. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $4700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of All England. Harthacnut. 1035-1042. AR Penny (17mm, 0.97 g, 12h). Arm and Scepter type, in the name of Cnut (BMC xvii, Hild. I). Shrewsbury mint; Leofstan, moneyer. Struck 1040-1042. + CNVT •RECX•, diademed bust left, holding scepter / + LEOFSTAN ON CROB, quadrilateral, with pellet in center and angles, over voided short cross. SCBI 40 (Stockholm), 1917 = Hild. 3146 corr. (mint signature; same dies); BMC -; North 799; SCBC 1169. VF, a few peck marks. Rare spelling of mint as CROB rather than the usual SCROB.

From the Marie Karlsson Collection.

Both SCBI and Hildebrand read the Stockholm example as having the mint signature as SROB, but this example (and SCBI 20 [Mack], 1122), from the same dies, clearly shows that that reading is erroneous; it is actually CROB.