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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 1257

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Ceolwulf II. 874-circa 880. AR Penny (19mm, 1.09 g, 5h). Cross and Lozenge type. London mint; Eadwulf, moneyer.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 1257.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

British, Silver

Sold For $ 2 250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Ceolwulf II. 874-circa 880. AR Penny (19mm, 1.09 g, 5h). Cross and Lozenge type. London mint; Eadwulf, moneyer. CEOLVVLF REZX, diademed bust right / EΛ DV LF MO in angles of cross-crosslet, with central lozenge containing cross. Blackburn & Keynes –; EMC –; North 429; SCBC 944. Toned, edge chip. VF. Extremely rare, an unrecorded moneyer for this type.

From the James & Martha Robertson Collection. Ex New York Sale XL (12 January 2017), lot 1352 (further edge loss since).

Although a puppet of the Vikings, and dismissed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as a ‘foolish king’s thegn,’ Ceolwulf II, the last Mercian king, issued a series of coinages that shared types with Alfred the Great of Wessex. Despite the ravages of the Danish army, the monetary system clearly maintained its integrity.

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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