The Ennismore Collection of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Coins

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The Ennismore Collection of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Coins

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Danelaw, in the name of Alfred (c. 885-895), Penny, in the style of the 'London Monogram', type A4, 1.52g, 7h, ELFR-ED REX, double-diademed bust right, wearing triangular tunic with concave pelleted drapery, rev. 'LONDONIA Monogram', cross bar of letter A omitted, small cross pattée above, inverted pellet-trefoil below (W J Andrew [1903-4], pl. 1, no. 10 this coin; MacKay, Danelaw, dies 16 (O16/R16), coin 1; N.644; Spink 964 the plate coin), an outstanding example, albeit the portrait crudely rendered with the Mercian iteration of Alfred's name, the reverse otherwise of exceptionally fine work...

Danelaw, in the name of Alfred (c. 890-900), Penny, in the style of the 'London Monogram', type A4, 1.12g, 4h, +ELFR-ED RE, L and F inverted, double-diademed bust right, wearing semi-circular tunic banded with vertical hatching, rev. 'LONDONIA Monogram', C for letter L, bar of A omitted, small cross pattée to left, quatrefoil above, three wedges below, trefoil above and pellet below I all in D, two pellets within O (W J Andrew [BNJ I, 1903-4], pl. 1, 9 this coin; MacKay, Danelaw, dies 15 (O15/R15), coin 1; N.644; Spink 964), minor edge loss between 6 and 8 o'clock, otherwise a sumptuous even t...

Danelaw, in the name of Alfred (c. 890-900), Penny, in the style of the 'London Monogram', type A1, 1.21g, 8h, ÆLFR-ER-D EX, diademed bust right, rev. 'LONDONIA Monogram', L inverted, A without bar, cross of five pellets above, quatrefoil below (MacKay, Danelaw, dies 6 (O6/R6), coin 6.1, plates 63; N.463; Spink 964), flan crack at 7 o'clock to neck line, subsequently repaired on obverse, 'peck marks' across a full and toned flan, very fine, rareProvenanceMorton and Eden 93, 27 June 2018, lot 211SJA 12, 5 November 2009, lot 359Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please v...

Danelaw, Viking Kingdoms, Cnut of Northumbria (c. 900-905), Penny, 1.34g, 6h, Jórvík [York], C N V T R E X around limbs of large plain cross, rev. +EB IAI CEC IVI, quatrefoil stops, around small cross pattée with pellet in each angle, all within inner circle (N.495; Spink 989 the plate coin), attractively toned with a uniform strike, extremely fine, scarce thusProvenanceWayne, CNG Triton XIX, 5 January 2016, lot 897SJA 5, 26 September 2006, lot 7Lockett, Part I, Glendining, 6 June 1955, lot 423 (part)Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions f...

Danelaw, Viking Kingdoms, Cnut of Northumbria (c. 900-905), Penny, Cunnetti type, Jórvík [York], 1.38g, 3h, C N V T R E X, trefoil after E, cross of wedges after N, rev. CVNNETTI, quatrefoil after first N and trefoil after first T, cross pattée, pellet in two angles, all within inner-circle (SCBI 29 [Merseyside], 272/273, same dies; N.501; Spink 993 the plate coin), a handsome coin, evenly struck with a light tone, extremely fineProvenanceWayne, CNG Triton XX, 10 January 2017, lot 1510SJA 5, 27 September 2006, lot 8Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms a...

Danelaw, Viking Kingdoms, Municipal or Ecclesiastical issues, temp. Archbishop Hrotheweard (c. 919-925), Penny, 'St Peter Coinage', Sword type, Jórvík [York], 1.11g, 6h, SCIIE | TIIIO in two lines, divided by sword right, + to right, pellets to left, rev. +ERIVIITOI, voided hammer upright, pellet in head, bars beside (SCBI 4 [Copenhagen], 591, same dies; N.556; Spink 1015), a delightful coin with a pleasing old cabinet tone across a full flan, the central devices in high relief, extremely fine or very near so, rare, especially so in this conditionprovenanceDNW, 16 September 2014, lot 2333SCMB,...

Early Anglo-Saxon England, 'Secondary Phase' (c. 710-760), Sceat, 'Annulet Cross' type, 1.15g, 12h, 'Odin' head facing, radiating hair around, cross pommée crucifix each side of wiry beard, rev. annulet cross pommée, trio of pellets in angles, all in toothed circle and outer plain band (Abramson P780; N.170 variety; Spink 834 ~ Series X, type 30 [3e]), a quite medallic striking, attractively centred on a full flan, a thoroughly pleasing coin, good very fine, the reverse type very rareProvenanceLord Stewartby, Part 1, Spink 234, 22 March 2016, lot 52 [with his ticket]Spink 16, 9-10 July 1981, l...

East Anglia, Æthelberht II († 20 May 794), Penny, 'Light Coinage', Non-Portrait type, Ipswich [?], Lul(la), 1.30g, 9h, † EðILBERHT RE, trefoil stops between letters, HT ligate, upright lobed cruciform extending from central pellet, trefoils in angles, all within pelleted inner circle, rev. + | L | V | L in quarters of voided quadrilobe inset with central escarbuncle formed of upright lobed cruciform and long saltire fourchée, trefoil stops between letters and in fields (BNJ [2014], pp. 230-32 this coin; EMC 2014.0071 this coin; Chick -; N -; Spink 946A), a 'discovery' piece in the name of an A...

Kent, Eadberht Præn (796-798), Penny, 'Three Line Phase', Canterbury, Dudda, 1.39g, 1h, EAD . | BEARHT | REX in three lines divided by bars, trefoil before EAD and REX, rev. DV | DA in two lines, the fields ornamented with dense and loose clusters of pellets all in 'Boeotian shield' motif, with cross and pellets beside (EMC 2016.0254 this coin; Naismith C5.1a, same dies; N.202/1; Spink 875), of good fabric on a full flan with only a touch of striking softness to peripheries, otherwise extremely fine or near so, the finer of the two examples recorded for this moneyer and seemingly amongst the f...

Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), Penny, 'Lunettes Coinage', Canterbury dies, Torhtmund, 1.14g, 9h, +AELBRED: REX, diademed and draped bust right, rev. NDMO | TORHTMV | NETA in three lines, inverted trefoil above inscription in upper lunette (Corbet Anderson [1870], pp. 144, no. 11; Lyons & Mackay, obv. 1a, style i/3, as AfL1.117-118, albeit this coin not listed; BMC 471; N.625: Spink 1057), some rust deposits to reverse and fine scratches in fields, otherwise on a full flan with a trace of peripheral tone, extremely fine and very rare, only four coins of Torhtmund known for Alfred with only...

Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), Penny, 'Cross and Lozenge' type, c. 876-80, Winchester, Heahstan, 1.38g, 5h, +ÄLFRED REX SA, draped and diademed bust right, commencing above head, rev. HEA | STA | NMO | NETA, saltire within central lozenge, arms of cross extending from bar at each lozenge point, pellet in the field in each angle (EMC 2016.0034 this coin; SCBI 9, 247 same dies [= Blackburn and Keynes, 46]; N.629; Spink 1058), darker tone to peripheries framing sharply struck up devices, an outstanding coin with a delightful artistic flair, much as struck and of the highest rarity thusProven...

Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), Penny, 'London Monogram', type A1(ii), 1.58g, 11h, AELFR-ED REX, diademed bust right with ornate tunic, rev. LONDONIA Monogram, cross above, pellets within O, and cluster of nine in pile below (MacKay, London, dies 8 (O3/R8), coin 1; N.644; Spink 1061), an evidently late striking from a rusty obverse die, otherwise on a full flan with a neat uniform 'charcoal' tone, good very fine, a desirable example of this talismanic typeProvenanceA W Morrison, collection by private treaty with Ennismore, 2019Finn, Winter FPL, 1994/95, no. 44Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s...

Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), Penny, 'London Monogram', type A2, 1.39g, 8h, AELFR-ED REX, diademed bust right with curly hair, wearing compact ornate tunic, curly hair, pellets in fields before, rev. LONDONIA Monogram, three pellets in D, and on outer border, fields plain (Murdoch 77 this coin; Carlyon-Britton [1918], 1652, same dies; Lockett 504, same reverse die; Dolley and Blunt [BNJ, 1958], pp. 220-247; MacKay, London, dies 9 (O4/R9), coin 2; N.644; Spink 1061), very minor edge loss at 12 o'clock, otherwise a most handsome coin, with a remarkably bold portrait in an arrestingly rusti...

Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), Penny, 'London Monogram', type A8 (iv), 1.60g, 8h, ÆLFR-ED REX, diademed bust right, wearing ornate tunic, eye turned upwards to heavens, with two rows of pellets (stars [?]) above, rev. LONDONIA Monogram, with bar to A, pellets within O, cross above, cluster of six pellets below (MacKay, London, dies 27 (O16/R24), coin 3; N.644; Spink 1061), lightly toning on a full flan, some partial striking softness, otherwise a pleasingly good very fine and with an established provenanceProvenance'North Yorkshire Moors' [Lessen], Part 1, DNW 146, 25 April 2018, lot 227S...

Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), Penny, 'London Monogram', type A8(v), 1.52g, 6h, AELFRE-D REX, diademed bust right, with ornate tunic, eye turned upwards to heavens, rev. Monogram, no link between L and O, pellets within O, cross above, cross of five pellets to left (MacKay, London, dies 33 (O17/R30), coin 1; N.644; Spink 1061), softly struck above head, otherwise of quirky style, good very fine to almost extremely fine, a pleasing example of this iconic issueProvenanceA W Morrison, collection by private treaty with Ennismore, 2019Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information...

Wessex, Edward the Elder (899-924), Penny, 'Early Phase II' - Horizontal-Trefoil type, c. 903-910, Chester, Dudig, 1.57g [21mm.], 4h, +EADVVEARD REX, diademed and draped bust in relief, neat lettering, rev. DVDIG | MON, divided by central pellet between two crosses, trefoil above and below (Rashleigh 235 = Lockett 2715 this coin; CTCE 16, and pl. 4, no. 6 this coin; N.651; Spink 1084 the plate coin), a 'totemic' coin that leaps from the pages of every sale it graces, lightly toned with a thoroughly arresting portrait albeit for touch of striking softness to hair, otherwise near extremely fine,...

Wessex, Edward the Elder (899-924), Penny, 'Exceptional Issues' - Floral type, c. 910-15, Chester, Buga, 1.55g [23.9 grns], 10h, +EADVVEARD REX, small cross pattée within inner circle, rev. BV-GA, within tendrils of floral device (Montagu 592 this coin; Lockett 521; SCBI [Mack] 759; CTCE 327d this coin; N.660; BMC IX; Spink 1079 the plate coin), probably struck by the 'Lady of the Mercians' for her brother King, with a beautiful rich dark tone flaired in recesses by further hints of iridescence, near extremely fine, and of equal rarity, with only four known, two of these in institutional colle...

Kings of All England, Aethelstan (924-939), Penny, 'Portrait Type', London, Leofhelm, 1.55g, 12h, +ÆÐELSTAN REX, crowned and draped bust right, rev. +LIOFHELM MO LOND CI, small cross pate within inner circle (SCBI 6 [Edinburgh], 186; SCBI 34, 134, same dies; N.675; BMC VIII; Spink 1095), bright surfaces and some peripheral striking softness, the key devices otherwise clear, good very fine, rareProvenanceMorton and Eden 72, 15 December 2014, lot 174 This coin is among the best examples of this type and this moneyer. Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms a...

Kings of All England, Eadmund (939-946), Penny, North Eastern I, York, Ingalger, 1.52g, 6h, +EADMVND REX EB, cross pattée, rev. INGEL | +++ | GAR MO, in two lines divided by row of three cross pattée, trefol above and below (Montagu 656; SCBI 6 [Edinburgh], 199; N.688 var.; Spink 1105), slightly ragged flan, otherwise with an attractive old tone, good very fine, an historic issue recording the English reconquest of Northumbria in 944ProvenanceSpink 224, 25 June 2014, lot 523Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers.

Edward the Martyr (975-978), Penny, Sole type, Lincoln, Levig, 1.37g, 10h, +EADPEA REX ANGLO, diademed and draped bust left, rev. +LEVIG M-O LNDCOL, trefoil at end of legend and O in M-O containing a pellet, cross pattée (Mossop, pl. 2, no. 5, dies Ei; N.763; Spink 1142), traces of doubling, otherwise a most attractive coin with richly patinated surfaces especially to reverse, near extremely fine, rare and with an illustrious pedigreeProvenanceAcquired by private treaty, 2016 (via Rasmussen, September 2012)A H F Baldwin, collection sold privately in trade, from 1970Wheeler, Sotheby 12-14 March...

Harold I (1035-40), Penny, 'Fleur-de-Lis with Pellets' type, Oxford, Leofwine, 1.18g, 6h, +HARO-D REX A:, legend commencing at one o'clock, diademed and armoured bust left, lis-tipped sceptre before, rev. +LEOFÞINE ON O, voided long cross extending from central circular panel containing pellet (N.803; Spink 1165), bright surfaces on a slightly concave flan otherwise neatly struck up, about extremely fine, rareProvenanceSJA 38, 29 September 2016, lot 202This coin is superior to all examples of this type in Lockett, Mack and Elmore Jones examplesSubject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more in...

Harthacnut, Regency Period (1035-1037), Penny, 'Jewel Cross' type, London, Bruna, 1.10g, 1h, +HARÐA-CNVT RE, legend commencing at 12 o'clock, diademed and draped bust right, rev. +BRVN ONN LVNDE:, quadrilobe cross extending from central pelleted-annulet (SCBI 18 [Copenhagen], 666; SCBI 51 [Estonia], 1008, same dies; N.809; BMC I; Spink 1167), minor striking softness above head, otherwise well-centred on bright surfaces, extremely fine, rareProvenanceAcquired by private treaty from BennettFrom a 'Collection in the North', 2015Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please v...

Harthacnut, Sole Reign (1040-42), Penny, 'Arm-and-Sceptre' type, Huntingdon, Wulfwine, 1.00g, 6h, +HAR:ÐA CNV, NV ligate, legend commencing at 12 o'clock, diademed bust left, lis-tipped sceptre before, rev. +Þ.VIIÞINE ON HVNTA, pellet-tipped quadrilobe over voided short cross (Eaglen 245/-, same obverse die/reverse die not recorded; N.811; Spink 1168), bright and lustrous surfaces, otherwise beautifully struck up, much as issued, very rare with only seven coins recorded by Eaglen inscribed in Harthacnut's full nameProvenanceAcquired by private treaty from BennettFrom a 'Collection in the North...

Harold II (1066), Penny, 1.38g, 11h (to mm.) PAXS type, Lewes, Oswold, +HAROLD REX ANG, crowned bust left, sceptre before, rev. +OZPOLD ON LEPEEI, PAXS in central frieze (H H King 278; N.836; Spink 1186), a rich dark cabinet tone, the portrait sharply rendered if a touch doubled, almost extremely fineProvenanceDNW, 16 September 2014, lot 2417 Purchased Baldwins, 1962Note:Many Harold II pennies come from the Upper Chancton Farm hoard found in 1866, which was said to have contained 36 coins of Lewes from the reigns of Edward the Confessor and Harold II, which in all probability is an underestima...

Danelaw, Viking Jarldoms, 'The Five Boroughs', Sihtric Cáech {Sigtryggr Gále}, 'The One-Eyed' (921-27), Penny, Lincoln [?], 1.38g, 9h, +SITDIC DEX, hammer rev. IIOAPRPAISIII, blundered legends, second A inverted, vertical sword (EMC 2017.0001, this coin; cf. N.536; cf. Spink 1013), minor edge loss, otherwise of good metal, well struck on a full flan, near extremely fine, and of the highest rarity, the type unlisted for SihtricProvenanceDNW 140, 15 March 2017, lot 236~ Found Nottinghamshire, 26 December 2016 ~Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Cond...

Danelaw, Hiberno-Norse Kings of Northumbria and Dublin, Ánláf Guthfrithsson {Óláfr Guðrøðsson} (939-41), Penny, 'Raven type', Jórvík [York], Æthelferth, 1.21g, 10h, ·+A·NLA·F CVNVNCI, Raven upwards, head left, wings outstretched, rev +·A·ÐEL·FERD MINETR, small cross pattée (Ryan [1952], 676 = Williams II, 238, same obverse die; SCBI 1 [Fitzwilliam], 519, same obverse die; SCBI 4 [Copenhagen], 628-33; BMC 1092-96; N.537; Spink 1019 the plate coin), an outstanding example with a light smoky tone across a full and unblemished flan, perhaps the finest known example of this iconic Viking coin, extr...

Danelaw, Hiberno-Norse Kings of Northumbria and Dublin, Ánláf Guthfrithsson {Óláfr Guðrøðsson} (939-41), Penny, Raven type, Jórvík [York], Æthelferth, 1.30g, 10h, ·+ANLAF CVNVNC·, Raven upwards, head left, wings outstretched, crescent shaped privy marks about beginning rev. +AÐELFERD MINETR, small cross pattée (EMC 2014.0032 this coin; SCBI 29 [Merseyside], 410 same obverse die; N.537; Spink 1019), evidence of crimping, otherwise attractively toned to peripheries, and much as the last, an icon of Anglo-Viking numismatics, about very fine, rareProvenanceSpink 223, March 26-27 2014, lot 1350~ Fo...

Danelaw, Hiberno-Norse Kings of Northumbria and Dublin, Ánláf Sihtricsson {Óláfr Sigtryggsson}, First Reign (941-44), Penny, 'Triquetra type', York, Farman, 0.94g, 9h, + ·A·NL·A·F CVNVNC C, triquetra, rev. +F·A·RM·A·N MONET·A·, Danish standard emblazoned with cross pommée (Dolley 35; CTCE, Group V, pp. 211-234; Stewartby I, 127; N.540; Spink 1020), a trace of striking softness in fields, otherwise a hint of tone in recesses, extremely fine, extremely rareProvenancePurchased from CNG, May 2014Subject to 20% VAT on Buyer’s Premium. For more information please view Terms and Conditions for Buyers...

Danelaw, Hiberno-Norse Kings of Northumbria and Dublin, Ánláf Sihtricsson {Óláfr Sigtryggsson}, First Reign (941-44), Penny, 'Cross Moline' type, York, Rathulf, 1.01g, 8h, +-A-NL·A·F CVNVNC-, inverted As for Vs, cross moline, rev. +R·A·ÐVL·F MON·ET·, inverted A for V, cross pattée (SCBI 34 [British Museum], 1256; CTCE Group VI; N.542; Spink 1022), small peck by cross on reverse, and surface crease radiating through cross moline on obverse, otherwise with a rich dark tone, near extremely fine, a great rarityProvenanceKunker 232, 17 June 2013, lot 24 (via Baldwins, August 2014)Subject to 20% VAT...

Danelaw, Hiberno-Norse Kings of Northumbria, Ragnald Guthfrithsson {Røgnvaldr Guðrøðsson} (943-944), Penny, 'Triquetra type', York, Branting, 1.05g, 3h, + REG·N·A·L·D CVNVN:, triquetra, rev. +B·R·A·NT HONET·A·, Danish standard emblazoned with cross pommée (CTCE, Group V; N.548; Spink 1024 the plate coin), a new moneyer for issue and only complete coin known for type, a pleasingly good very fine, the central devices better still, of the highest rarity, one of three knownProvenanceWayne, CNG Triton XX, 10 January 2017, lot 1517Purchased by private treaty, Ormonde Coins, 21 March 2013This coin ap...

Mercia, Offa (757-796), Penny, 'Light Coinage', Canterbury, Eoba, 1.26g, 3h, + O|FF|A R|EX, pellet cross inside lobed quatrefoil set upon a long cross fourchée, pellets in angles, rev. diademed and cuirassed bust right, EBA before, trefoil stops before and between letters (Ruding [1819], pl. IV, no. 19; Lockett [1920], pp. 80 and pl. VIII, no. 15 same dies; Chick 112b this coin, cf. The Yorkshire Numismatist 3 1997, pp. 47, fig. 2 this coin; CEB 52; N.306; Spink 905), a deft edge nick at 8 o'clock, otherwise of sound fabric with an attractively uniform dark cabinet tone, the classical portrait...

Mercia, Cynethryth († after 798), Penny, 'Light Coinage', Canterbury, Eoba, 1.25g, 12h, + CFNEÐRFÐ • REGINA, uncial letter M, contraction bar above and pellets evenly spaced around, rev. + E | O | B | A, in limbs of quadrilobe overset on long cross fleury (EMC 2014.0031 this coin; PAS HAMP-73ADA0 this coin; cf. Allan Williams I, lot 23; Chick 148, unlisted, but 'd'/'b', same dies; CEB 124; N.340; Spink 910), a soil find with resultant crimping, otherwise of excellent fabric and on a pleasingly complete flan, about very fine, extremely rare and amongst the finest known for typeProvenanceSpink 2...
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