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Extremely Rare Imitation

CNG 103, Lot: 1175. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Wessex. Eadmund. 939-946. AR Penny (22mm, 1.07 g). Contemporary imitation of Horizontal-Trefoil 1 (HT 1) type (BMC i). Uncertain mint. + EDNIVND RI+, small cross pattée / N(HF)OII/OIINLƎ (F inverted, L retrograde) in two lines; three crosses pattée between, trefoil above and below. For prototype: North 688; SCBC 1105. Near EF, lightly toned. Extremely rare.

As noted in CTCE, imitations from the reign of Eadmund are extremely rare. The authors note that almost immediately after the death of Aethelstan, Anlaf Guthfrithsson retook Northumbria and conducted raids into Mercia, and they suggest that any imitations of Edmund are possibly from areas controlled by the Danes until the recovery of the Five Boroughs in 942.