SP 003336

SP 003336
UNIQUE Cuthred 'Bone' Penny
Silver, 1.26 grams; 19.03 mm. His non portrait penny is even rarer than his portrait penny, circa A.D. 798-807. +CVDRED REX, around a small inner circle with a small cross and pellets in angles. R. Moneyer's name across the field in two curved lines, with a Unique Bone Ornamentation through the centre. SEBERHT, Canterbury mint, moneyer: Segeberht. The reverse has also a cross of five pellets before the moneyers name, a reversed 'S' and pellets below 'E', 'R' and 'H', with a pellet after 'T'. N 207-210 unique variant; S 876 unique variant. Recorded with the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University as: EMC 2005.0114. Unknown reverse for this Monarch: no similar coins recorded with the Medieval Coin Corpus (EMC) at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Sylloge of Coins (SCBI) of the British Isles, and only four other non portrait coins of this moneyer. Edge nibble, otherwise extremely fine and a previously unknown Cuthred type. Found Torksey 2004.

A leading expert writes: "A previously unrecorded reverse type for Cuthred, from a reverse die similar to the reverse of a coin of Coenwulf of Mercia (796-821) (BLS Cn.4), but with the initial S of the moneyer's name reversed."
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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