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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 1053

IRELAND, Hiberno-Norse. Sihtric III Olafsson. Circa 995-1036. AR Penny (21mm, 1.64 g, 3h). Phase I coinage. Imitating Crux type of Æthelred II. Dublin mint; Asketill, moneyer. Struck circa 995-1000.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 1053.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

British, Silver

Estimate: $ 10 000

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IRELAND, Hiberno-Norse. Sihtric III Olafsson. Circa 995-1036. AR Penny (21mm, 1.64 g, 3h). Phase I coinage. Imitating Crux type of Æthelred II. Dublin mint; Asketill, moneyer. Struck circa 995-1000. + ZITIR– DICLIИ MELO, draped bust right; trefoil-tipped scepter to right / + ΛZCETEL O– DIFLMC, voided short cross; C R V X in quarters. O'S Type 1; SCBI –; Hildebrand 11 = B. Roth, “The Coins of the Danish Kings of Ireland. Hiberno-Norse Series” in BNJ 1909, 13 (same dies); SCBC 6100. Some light die wear otherwise lightly toned. Choice EF. A remarkable coin of the highest rarity.

From an American Collection of Hiberno-Norse Pennies.

As far as we are aware this is the only example of the excessively rare Crux type with a right facing bust in private hands. The bust is engraved in, what North describes as, a "Benediction Hand" style. This bust style is encountered on the very earliest coins struck in the Crux issue of Aethelred II before the left facing bust was introduced. Could our coin be one of the earliest products of Sihtric's mint?

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 4, which begins 20 May 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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