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Early English Hammered Coins

23rd July 2020.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Coins and Banknotes Sale on 19th August is set to include a good collection of Early English Hammered Coins, including those to Aethelred II, Cnut and Edward the Confessor.  Highlights include an Aethelred II Silver Penny of the Last Cross type from the Winchester Mint. In About Very Fine condition, the coin is offered with an estimate of £250-300 (all estimates are plus buyer’s premium). A Cnut Silver Penny of the Short Cross type from Stamford Mint in About Extremely Fine condition is offered with an estimate of £200-300, and an Edward the Confessor Silver Penny of the Facing Bust/Short Cross type from the York Mint is offered with an estimate of £180-250 and is in Very Fine condition. The latter coin was part of the Bishophill I Hoard, a deposit of 300 plus silver pennies of Edward the Confessor which were laid down in a ceramic crucible c.1066 in the Bishophill area of York during William the Conqueror’s campaign.

Further interesting lots in the sale include a Byzantine Empire Gold Solidus of Heraclius (610-641 AD). Heraclius is depicted on the coin with his two sons Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonus, and the well-struck coin in About Extremely Fine condition is offered with an estimate of £300-400. A Charles II 1664 Two Guineas First Bust with Elephant in Very Fine Condition is offered with an estimate of £2,000-3,000. A rare Bank of England White Five Pounds in unusually clean condition with minimal handling marks is offered at £250-350. The note bears the signature of E. M. Harvey, Leeds, Dec 23 1920.

The sale also contains a wide range of modern gold coins, including Elizabeth II sovereigns and modern proof sets.


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