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Triton XXI, Lot: 1312. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $11000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Pale Gold Phase. Circa 650-675. AV Thrymsa – Shilling (11mm, 1.30 g, 4h). ‘Two Emperors’ type. Mint in Kent(?). Diademed and draped bust right; pseudo legend around / Two small busts facing, holding two orbs between them; above, Victory with wings enfolding the figures; three pellets to each side of Victory’s head. Sutherland Type II.T.v, unlisted dies; A&W Type V.xxvii; Metcalf 80; SCBI 63 (BM), 23; North 20; SCBC 767. EF, lightly toned, very light scuff on high points. Well struck.

From the Arthur M. Fitts III Collection. Ex Andrew Wayne Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 72, 14 June 2006), lot 2416.

This thrymsa type reflects the designs used on many late Roman solidi with a helmeted bust right on the obverse and two emperors below winged Victory on the reverse (see, e.g., RIC IX p. 79, 16 - a solidus of Magnus Maximus from Milan).