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

Lot nuber 1228

ANGLO-SAXON, Archbishops of Canterbury. Æthelheard, with Offa of Mercia as overlord. 793-805. AR Penny (20mm, 1.39 g, 12h). Three-line type. Canterbury mint. Second issue, with Offa as overlord. Struck circa 792/3-796.


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1228.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

British, Silver

Sold For $ 8 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ANGLO-SAXON, Archbishops of Canterbury. Æthelheard, with Offa of Mercia as overlord. 793-805. AR Penny (20mm, 1.39 g, 12h). Three-line type. Canterbury mint. Second issue, with Offa as overlord. Struck circa 792/3-796. ΛEDIL/HEΛRD/ ΛRCEΓ : in three lines / (triangle) m (triangle)/ + · ◊FFΛ/ ·: REX · in three lines. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 83; Chick 247c (same obv. die); SCBI 67 (BM), 747-8; North 229; SCBC 885. A well struck coin. Attractively toned. EF. Very rare.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins. Ex Dr. E. Curti Collection (Künker 227, 11 March 2013), lot 2335; Millennia Collection (Goldberg 46, 26 May 2008), lot 183; Dr. Jacob Y. Terner Collection. Reportedly ex “Quillee” Collection.

In 792 Offa of Mercia increased the weight of the Penny following a similar reform to the Denier by Charlemagne in France. This superb coin was struck for Archbishop Aethelheard acknowledging Offa’s overlordship. Kent had been the first Anglo-Saxon kingdom to convert to Christianity and the bishop of Canterbury, the capital of Kent, gained a primacy in the early English church. This was recognised by the award of minting rights to Archbishops by successive monarchs.

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.