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91001488

Second Known

CNG 91, Lot: 1488. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

NORMAN. William II Rufus. 1087-1100. AR Penny (22mm, 1.10 g, 12h). Cross Pattée and Fleurée type (BMC iv). Lundonia (London) mint; Smeawine, moneyer. Struck circa 1095-1098. + PILLEL(M R)E, crowned facing bust, holding sword; pellet over left shoulder / + SMIEPINE O(N L)VN, cross pattée over cross fleurée in saltire. SCBI –; BMC 244A = P.W.P. Carlyon-Britton, “A Numismatic History of the Reigns of William I. and II. (1066-1100), Part II – The History of the Mints (continued),” BNJ 1911, p. 80; North 855; SCBC 1261. Good VF, darkly toned, some minor striking weakness. Extremely rare, apparently the second known for this moneyer for this type.


Ex Andrew Wayne Collection; Triton XI (8 January 2008), lot 1667.

The only published specimen of this rare moneyer on this type is the BMC piece, which was acquired from the collection of Sir John Evans, just prior to the publication of the BM collection in 1916. According to the footnotes in the BMC catalog, that coin was originally part of the 1871 Shillington find.