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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 1180

ANGLO-SAXON, Substantive Gold Phase. Circa 620-645. AV Thrymsa – Shilling (12.5mm, 1.34 g, 9h). ‘York’ type.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 1180.
 Estimated: $ 5 000

British, Gold

Sold For $ 22 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ANGLO-SAXON, Substantive Gold Phase. Circa 620-645. AV Thrymsa – Shilling (12.5mm, 1.34 g, 9h). ‘York’ type. Half-length figure facing, with stylized face; crosses flanking / (upward arrow)I(retrograde C)IIHC(retrograde CFE)C(retrograde CD)(inverted A)(retrograde N), cross pattée within beaded circle. Abramson, England’s, Variety Ci.5, dies Ci1/Ci1, 12 = Naylor & Allen 13 (this coin); Sutherland Class VT, 75a–c (same dies); A&W Type V.xxi; MEC 8 table 3, 24; North 27; SCBC 762. Good VF. Very rare.

From the James & Martha Robertson Collection, purchased from Wolfshead Gallery, October 2004. Ex Dix, Noonan, Webb 63 (7 October 2004), lot 196. Reportedly found in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 2003.

Gold Shillings of the distinctive York Group have been the subject of extensive debate and interpretation. Forthcoming publications by Tony Abramson and Mary Garrison argue convincingly that these rare gold coins were an Episcopal issue closely connected with the nascent Northumbrian church and date to the commencement of English coinage. The reverse legend of this type is read as a 'nomina sacra conveying a benediction on York or its king’ (T. Abramson 'The Northern Primacy,' BANS 2017 Catalogue).

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 4, which begins 14 May 2020 at 2 PM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

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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