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Sale: CNG 78, Lot: 2149. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2008. 
Sold For $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of All England. Edward the Confessor. 1042-1066. AR Penny (1.09 g, 1h). Radiate/Small Cross type (BMC I). Winchester mint; Brihtmær, moneyer. Struck 1044-1046. + EDPE•D REX (four pellets), radiate bust left / + BRIHTNR ON PINC, small cross pattée. Freeman 72; SCBI -; BMC -; North 816; SCBC 1173. VF, toned, a few scratches under the toning. Very rare.

From the Ross Schraeder Collection.

This coin exhibits a very unusual style that suggests it may be a contemporary imitation. Freeman notes the only example of this moneyer/type combination being a coin in Helsinki, but no photograph is apparently published.