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Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots

Lot nuber 1227

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Offa. 757-796. AR Penny (17mm, 1.28 g, 1h). Light coinage, portrait type. London mint; Lulla, moneyer. Struck circa 785-792/3.


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1227.
 Estimated: $ 2 500

British, Silver

Sold For $ 2 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Offa. 757-796. AR Penny (17mm, 1.28 g, 1h). Light coinage, portrait type. London mint; Lulla, moneyer. Struck circa 785-792/3. + · OF:FA · R·ЄX +, head right / + L·: VL ·: ·: L ·: ·: Λ ·:divided by four large pellet encircled bosses; the inner circle contains a cross over a smaller saltire with curved bars in angles. Cf. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 82 (for similar penny); Chick 65e (this coin); SCBI 20 (Mack), 564 (same dies); SCBI 67 (BM), 27; North 313; SCBC 905. Some porosity. Toned. Good VF. Rare.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins. Ex CNG Inventory 738320 (June 2004); L. R. Stack Collection (Sotheby’s, 22 April 1999), lot 288; Ridgemount Collection (Spink 69, 20 April 1989), lot 34; Spink Numismatic Circular LXXXV.4 (April 1977), no. 3092; Glendining’s (4 September 1974), lot 115.

The precise date when the change to the new style penny took place is uncertain. The broader flans gave free reign to the Anglo-Saxon engravers to produce portraits of such character and quality that English coins are the most artistic of late 8th century.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots will be held Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.