SP 006216

SP 006216
RARE Aethelred I 'Portrait' Penny
Silver, 1.02 grams; 18.87 mm. Obverse: +AEDELRED REX, bust right with drapery breaking inner circle. Reverse: Moneyers name in three lines between two unbroken lunettes, :.MON:./+DVDD:/.:ETA.:, Dudd at London. Interestingly the moneyer's name is prefixed with a cross and there are trefoils of pellets (privy mark) before and after MON; after DUDD; and before and after ETA. Recorded with the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University as: EMC 2006.0344. BMC i; N 622 [listed as RARE]; S1055. Only three other coins of this moneyer recorded on the Early Medieval Corpus at the Fitzwilliam Museum (EMC) Cambridge University and the Sylloge of Coins (SCBI) in the British Museum, and ONLY ONE OTHER COIN WITH SIMILAR PRIVY MARKS. Good very fine. Age toned as recently found in September 2006. An extremely rare find from Cambridgeshire. SOLD

A leading Museum expert writes: "The weight is relatively low, but it is within the usual range for Aethelred I (many perfectly preserved coins of this reign are in the range 0.9-1.0 g)".
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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