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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 1255. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of All England. Edward the Confessor. 1042-1066. AR Penny (0.89 g, 3h). Small flan type, circa 1048-1050. "Dyr" mint; Wulfgar, moneyer. Diademed bust left / +PVLGAR O DYR, voided short cross. SCBI -; BMC 200-201; North 818 (pl. 14, 21 - same dies); SCBC 1175. VF, toned. ($750)

Ex William J. Conte Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 60, 22 May 2002), lot 2261; Peter Spink Collection; Glendining's (9 September 1983), lot 2. Probably from the Thwaite, Suffolk Hoard.

For the background on the coinage of this enigmatic mint, see D.H.M. Dolley, "A new late Saxon mint in Suffolk," NumCirc November 1960, p. 236, and F. Elmore Jones, "Four Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and Plantagenet Notes," BNJ XXXI (1962), pp. 66-68. While the exact location of the mint is as yet unknown, it is most certainly a mint in Suffolk, near Ipswich.