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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 1151. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

DENMARK. Cnut. 1019-1035. AR Penny (1.55 g, 2h). Short cross/long cross mule. Uncertain mint. +CNVT REX ANGLO, diademed bust left / +LI FIN C M O LV, voided long cross. Malmer -; SCBI 15 (Copenhagen), 4265 (same rev. die); Hauberg -; North -; SCBC -. Good VF, slightly wavy flan. ($500)

Ex William J. Conte Collection.

The obverse type of the Copenhagen coin is an imitation of Cnut's pointed helmet type, with the bust facing right and highly blundered legend. This suggests that the reverse die, which is of good style, may be a genuine die of the London mint moneyer Lifinc under Aethelred II that was exported to Scandinavia (cf. Malmer p. 15 and M. Blackburn, "English dies used in the Scandinavian Imitative Coinages," hikun 11, pp. 101-124).