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567852

Offa Portrait Penny with a Fine Pedigree

567852. SOLD $8950

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Offa. 757-796. AR Penny (17mm, 1.25 g, 9h). Light coinage, portrait type. London mint; Duda, moneyer. Struck circa 785-792/3. : + ΘFFA · R·EX · +, bust right; ornamental spray to lower right / Cross botonée with four petals saltire; all within circle with four enclosed and jewelled lobes; :+: ∂ Ч ∂ between lobes. Blunt 31 = Chick 19a (this coin); SCBI 67 (BM), 58; North 31; SCBC 905. Slight porosity under a rich cabinet toning. Good VF. Rare. A handsome portrait coin with a most impressive provenance.


Ex W. Oldknow Collection; R.C. Lockett (English Part I, 6 June 1955), lot 350; Spink Numismatic Circular XXVIII.5-6 (May-June 1920), no. 81289 (’a superb coin’); C. Crompton-Roberts Collection, no. 222; H. Montagu (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 18 November 1895), lot 177; W. Brice Collection (acquired en block by Montagu in 1887); Capt. R. M. Murchison (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 28 May 1866), lot 72; Dr. J.G. Harrison (Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge, 20 July 1865), lot 2.