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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 1612. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $440. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ANGLO-SAXON. Vikings in Northumbria. Circa 895-902. AR Penny (1.32 gm). York mint? +CNVT (in chrismatic form) REX around long cross / +CVN\NET\TI\, small cross with pellets. SCBI Copenhagen 480; North 499; SCBC 990. VF, nice old collection toning. ($300)

From the Paul McIlroy Collection.

The names on this coin have been interpreted as Knutr and Hunedeus, two Viking war leaders operating in northern England in the late ninth century. The name Cnut is arranged around the arms of the cross in the manner early Christians would cross themselves during prayer.