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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 1187

ANGLO-SAXON, Transitional/Pre-Primary Phase. Circa 665/70-670/5. Pale AV Thrymsa (12.5mm, 0.98 g, 12h). ‘Pada’ series (Rigold PaIIB, Type 96). Mint in Kent.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 1187.
 Estimated: $ 4 000

British, Gold

Sold For $ 4 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ANGLO-SAXON, Transitional/Pre-Primary Phase. Circa 665/70-670/5. Pale AV Thrymsa (12.5mm, 0.98 g, 12h). ‘Pada’ series (Rigold PaIIB, Type 96). Mint in Kent. Diademed bust right; TIIC downward to right / + mNVNTOT[...]m, cross set on two steps within double beaded border. Abramson 1.40; EMC 8 table 3, 31; SCBI 63 (BM), 34 (same rev. die); North –; SCBC 769A. EMC 2018.004 (this coin). Toned, small metal flaw on obverse. Good VF. Extremely rare, this was the first of this type to appear at auction.

From the James & Martha Robertson Collection. Ex Triton XXII (8 January 2019), lot 1354. Found in Birchington, Kent, 2017.

Of the enigmatic Pada series of thrymsas first classified by Stuart Rigold in his seminal 1960 study, type P IIB is by far the rarest. The obverse shares with type P IIA a bust based on a Constantinian prototype with a distinctive wreath made from a ’special cloven punch’. On the reverse, however, the Runic inscription PADA has been replaced with a cross-on-steps, a common Byzantine motif first encountered in the Anglo-Saxon series on the fine gold Benitugo type Thrymsa. Only two other specimens are known of the P IIB type: one, found in a grave in Dover, was considered as possibly imitative by Michael Metcalf (T&S p. 76) on grounds of style and metal content; and the example in the BM, acquired privately in 1926, with which our coin is die linked.

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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