SKU: 5473

£1,450.00

Uncertain mint. Flan a little wavy but of good quality metal, full and round. Very Rare

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Aethelstan (924-939), silver Penny, uncertain mint, moneyer ‘Eie’, Irregular Circumscription type. Obv. Small cross pattée within plain inner circle. Rev. Small cross pattée with pellet above one angle. 1.39g, (S.1092 variant; North 671 variant; BMC v variant). Flan a little wavy but of good quality metal, full and round. About extremely fine and very rare.

Provenance
Ex Timeline Auctions Auction 35, 05/09/2014, Lot 1398 (graded as EF)

cf. EMC 1006.0193 (SCBI 6, 193) for a very similar example (different dies)
cf. Blunt, C. E., page 108 for discussion.

An irregular legend for a moneyer ‘Eie’ (perhaps copying from Ellaf? at London?) at an uncertain, perhaps Scandinavian mint?

A small number of these irregular or imitative coins have come to light over the years; five were in the Forum (Rome) hoard and a single was in each of the Trotternish, Skye 1891 (very similar coin published SCBI 6, 193. with other Viking, Saxon and Oriental coins) and Glendalough hoards; their origin is not certainly known but it might be indicative that these recorded specimens have either been found outside Britain or in Scotland; perhaps suggesting a Scandinavian/Viking imitative origin rather than being a blundered London issue.

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Date

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Metal

Denomination

Condition

Rarity

Very Rare

Mint

Moneyer

Type

Irregular Circumscription type

Weight

References

BMC V variant, North 671 variant, S.1092 variant