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CNG 103, Lot: 1155. Estimate $500.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Primary Sceattas. Circa 680-700. AR Sceatt (11.5mm, 1.21 g, 9h). Series A, variety 3. Mint in Kent. Radiate bust right; TIC to right, two annulets and A-like ornament behind / ‘Standard’ with TOT II; triangle with pellets above, pseudo-legend around. Abramson 3.40; SCBI 63 (BM), 56-62; SCBC 775. Near EF, toned. Struck on a broad flan. An attractive example of the earliest sceatta coinage.

The terminology for the denomination traditionally referred to as a ‘sceat’ has been fully analyzed in a recent article by John Hines (“The Hunting of the Sceatt” in T. Abramson, ed., Studies in Early Medieval Coinage, Volume III, Sifting the Evidence [Spink, 2014], pp. 7–17), that convincingly demonstrates that the correct term is sceatt, while the plural form remains Sceatta.