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Very rare Aethelstan Portrait Penny

CNG 91, Lot: 1457. Estimate $4000.
Sold for $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Wessex. Æthelstan. 924-939. AR Penny (21mm, 1.54 g, 9h). Bust Crowned (BC) type (BMC viii). Londonia (London) mint; Grimwald, moneyer. Struck 933-938. + ÆÐELSTAN REX, crowned bust right / + GRIMPALD M–O LONDON, small cross pattée. Blunt, Aethelstan 273; SCBI 6 (Edinburgh), 186 var. (rev. legend; same obv. die); SCBI 34 (BM), 133 var. (same); North 675; SCBC 1095. VF, lightly toned, struck from worn dies, light scratches under tone. Well centered on a broad flan. Very rare.