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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 1264

ANGLO-SAXON, Anglo-Viking (Danish East Anglia). St. Edmund memorial coinage. Circa 895-918. AR Penny (18mm, 1.45 g, 9h). Mint in East Anglia (Ipswich?). Struck circa 910-915.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 1264.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

British, Silver

Sold For $ 1 200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ANGLO-SAXON, Anglo-Viking (Danish East Anglia). St. Edmund memorial coinage. Circa 895-918. AR Penny (18mm, 1.45 g, 9h). Mint in East Anglia (Ipswich?). Struck circa 910-915. + SC EΛIDI, large A / + PRIHCIPIHS, short cross pattée. J. Booth, “PRINCIP IHS? A Possible Religious Reverse Legend on a St. Edmund Penny (c. 910-15)” in SIEMC 3 (2014), pp. 162–7 (this coin); North 483 var. (rev. legend); SCBC 960. Richly toned. Near EF. Unique.

Published by James Booth in 2014 in ‘Studies in Early Medieval Coinage, volume 3’ this unique coin bears an intriguing reverse legend: +PRINCIPIHS. While this legend may refer to an otherwise unknown moneyer, Booth explores the ‘tantalising’ other possibilities. ‘Has this die-cutter perhaps, in an inspired moment of originality, reinforced the message of Christian sacrifice of the obverse of his coin by inventing a unique reverse legend along similar religious lines?... Is this perhaps a wholly literate legend in the dative case, matching that on the obverse, but on a higher plane: +Princip[i] IHS: to/for the Prince Jesus?’

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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