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Floreate Cross Penny of Æthelberht
Pedigreed to 1854

Triton XXII, Lot: 1367. Estimate $7500.
Sold for $12500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Wessex. Æthelberht. 858-865/6. AR Penny (20mm, 1.10 g, 6h). Floreate Cross type. Canterbury mint; Tohrtmund. Struck circa 864-865. + ΛEÐELBEΛR(HT) REX, diademed bust right / + TORHTMVND MONETΛ, cross fleurée with leaf-shaped wedges in angles. Naismith 217c (this coin); SCBI 67 (BM), 1304-5; North 621; SCBC 1054. EF, toned, minor edge chip. Very rare, with a most impressive provenance.

Ex Alan Williams Collection; Lawrence Stack Collection (Sotheby’s, 22 April 1999), lot 407; Spink Numismatic Circular XCVII.9 (November 1989), no. 5908; David Duprée Collection (purchased en bloc by Spink, 1989); Albert E. Bagnall Collection (purchased en bloc by Spink, 1964); Duke of Argyll Collection (purchased en bloc by Spink, 1949); Lord Grantley Collection (Part III, Glendining, 22 March 1944), lot 991; Hyram Montagu Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 18 November 1895), lot 503 (purchased by Rollin & Feuardent); S. Addington Collection (purchased by Montagu); B. Bergne Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 20 May 1873), lot 166; Capt. R. M. Murchison Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 28 May 1866), lot 166; Rev. W. F. Dymock Colleciton (Sotheby & Wilkinson, 1 June 1858), lot 112; J. D. Cuff Collection (Sotheby & Wilkinson, 8 June 1854), lot 444.