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271, Lot: 191. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $25000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Wiglaf. First reign, 827-829. AR Penny (20mm, 1.45 g, 6h). Portrait type. Lundene (London) mint; Oellhun, moneyer. + VVIGLAF REX m, bare head right / + ◊E + ΓΓ + HV + VN, cross crosslet. SCBI 20 (Mack), 598 = Blunt, Coinage, 1a (this coin) = Rev. R. Ruding, “Annals of the Coinage of Great Britain and its Dependencies from the Earliest Period of Authentic History to the Reign of Victory,” Vol. I (1840), p. 119 (this coin cited) = E. Hawkins, The Silver Coins of England Arranged and Described with Remarks on British Money Previous to the Saxon Dynasties (1841), p. 30 (this coin cited); BMC -; North 400; SCBC 933; IBCH 123 (for hoard; this coin cited). VF, toned. Struck from a worn obverse die. Extremely rare, and possibly unique.

Property of Princeton Economics acquired by Martin Armstrong. Ex Lawrence R. Stack Collection (Sotheby’s London 9443, 22 April 1999), lot 319 (includes ticket); Albert E. Bagnall Collection (purchased en bloc by Spink, 1964); Cmdr. Richard Paston Mack Collection (includes ticket); V. J. E. Ryan Collection (Part I, Glendining, 28 June 1950), lot 640; Lars Emil Bruun Collection (Sotheby’s, 18 May 1925), lot 30; Prof. Arthur Sampson Napier Collection (Sotheby, 3 August 1916), lot 9; George Jonathan Bascom Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 15 June 1914), lot 8; Evelyn William Rashleigh Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 21 June 1909), lot 57; James Dodsley Cuff Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 8 June 1854), lot 297; George Dewdney Collection; Dorking Hoard, Surrey County, England (deposited circa 865/6, found 1817).