Anglo-Saxon 'Woden Head' Seal Matrix 020379

Anglo-Saxon 'Woden Head' Seal Matrix 020379
Excessively Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Woden Head' Seal Matrix
Copper-alloy, 2.81 grams, 16.92 mm. 7th-9th century AD. A thin (1.8 mm) flan seal matrix bearing the impression of a bell-shaped male bust with the legend HIA to the left and MOH to the right. The layout of the design is reminiscent of the 'Woden Head' series of sceatt coins and the drapery of early Anglo-Saxon pennies such as Ceolnoth and Offa. The reverse is plain apart from a slight incised border. This type of seal matrix would have been attached into a metal or wooden handle. Reference: cf. coin designs in Abramson, T. Sceattas: An Illustrated Guide, King's Lynn, 2006 p.74-5. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Bishop's Stortford, Essex, England.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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