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CNG 91, Lot: 1458. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Wessex. Eadmund. 939-946. AR Penny (21mm, 1.47 g, 12h). Horizontal-Trefoil 1 (HT 1) type (BMC i). Eoferwic (York) mint; Ingalgar, moneyer. Struck circa 944-946. + EAD•MVND• REX• EBR, small cross pattée / INGEL•GAR• MO in two lines; +++ between, trefoils above and below. CTCE 167; SCBI 34 (BM), 369 var. (legends); North 688; SCBC 1105. Near EF, attractively toned, some minor verdigris. Rare.

Struck at York after Edmund’s reconquest of Northumbria in 944. Ingalgar had an impressive stint at York, which traded hands between the kings of Wessex and the Vikings. After his appointment by Eadmund, he continued under Eadred (946-947), then under the Viking ruler Eric Blookaxe (947-948), then under Eadred again (948-949), then under Anlaf Sithtricsson (Cuaran) (949-952), under Eric again (952-954), and finally under Eadgar, after he retook York in 954. His name is found on coins of all these rulers (see CTCE, chapters 6, 7, and 14).