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Elusive “Gothaburh” Mint

515220. Sold For $5750

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of All England. Cnut. 1016-1035. AR Penny (20mm, 1.19 g, 6h). Quatrefoil type (BMC viii, Hild. E). “Gothaburh” mint; Karli, moneyer. Struck circa 1016-1023. Crowned bust left in quatrefoil / + CΛ RLΛ ON G IOÐ, voided long cross with triple-crescent ends and pellet at center, over quatrefoil. R.H.M. Dolley and F. Elmore Jones, “The Mints 'Æt Gothabyrig' and 'Æt Sith(m)estebyrig,” in BNJ (1955-1957), XXII, 9 = Hild 999 (same dies); SCBI 13 (Copenhagen), 1059 var. (rev. legend); North 781; SCBC 1157. Minute green deposits. EF. Mostly as struck. Extremely rare moneyer for this extremely rare mint.

Struck from an obverse die used by the moneyer Carla at Exeter, this coin is key to locating the elusive mint of Gothaburh somewhere in the West Country.