Part 1: Browse the collection PDF.
Part 2: Browse the collection PDF.
Sovereign Rarities are very excited to present the Collection of an English Doctor, the first two portions of which are now available as fixed price lists. The whole group has been put together by a very discerning collector and numismatist of many years standing, with this English element formed diligently over the last few years. The aim was to illustrate the history of the English silver Penny, with the criteria being to collect as many mints and moneyers as possible in the time that was allowed.
The first part of the collection consists of 83 coins that covers the early Anglo-Saxon period from when the Sceattas series ends, with the first transitional piece of Beonna of East Anglia and continues through the various Kings of the Heptarchy, to the Kings of all England with this part concluding at King Aethelred II.
There are 24 different Kings or issuing authorities represented in part one with Kings of Kent, Mercia, East Anglia, Wessex and well as Anglo-Viking issues and some Hiberno-Norse at the end. There are a mixture of early coins from Canterbury, London or East Anglia, a highlight being the unique King Ludica of Mercia London Mint penny which is currently the earliest coin to mention the City of London, rather than the “Wick” surrounding. Another highlight piece is a “Two Emperors” type Penny of Alfred the Great, the only one currently available to purchase of the moneyer Beagstan. Turning to the Anglo-Viking issues there is a superb Southern Danelaw imitation of an Alfred the Great portrait Halfpenny with Londinia monogram and another of an Edward the Elder flower type. As for the Kings of all England there is a church building type Penny of York for Aethelstan as well two superb pennies of Edward the Martyr, one of Stamford and the other of Tamworth.
Continuing on chronologically from part one, the second portion of the collection - released in late May 2022 - contains all of the late Anglo-Saxon coins from Canute onwards as well as all the Norman Kings and some Baronial issues, the total consisting of 104 coins. Highlights to mention are such rare mints as Bruton, Guildford and Warminster for Canute short cross type, as well as a Cambridge quatrefoil type with a brooch like ornament on the neck and a London piece with an extra pellet in the field, out of a total of 27 coins of the reign.
Moving on to the four coins of Harold I there is an extremely rare Buckingham Mint jewel cross Penny, as well as a retrograde obverse fleur de lis penny from York. The reign of Harthacanute is represented by just three coins all in his full name, and then we come to the 27 coins of Edward the Confessor which includes some extremely rare mints and variants. There is an extremely rare Bedwyn Mint Sovereign Eagles Penny, a helmet type penny from the mysterious mint of Dernt, two extremely rare transitional facing bust / pyramid pennies from Dover and Sandwich both Kentish towns. There is an extremely rare small flan penny from Tamworth with arguably the most interesting coin being the Watchet mint radiate bust penny that repurposes a reverse die previously used at Bedwyn which was recently written up in a British Numismatic Society blog.
William the Conqueror is represented by 13 coins highlighted by an extremely rare two sceptre / two stars mule of Lincoln, a bonnet type penny from the mysterious mint of Maint, as well as representation from scarcer mints like Hythe, Ilchester and Romney.
The Normans continue with four coins of William Rufus, four different mints of four different types, then we come to his younger brother Henry I represented by five pennies, three cut halfpennies and one extremely rare round halfpenny of Wilton. Part two concludes with fifteen coins of King Stephen and the Anarchy period. Eight coins are regal pieces of King Stephen from eight different mints including one of Castle Rising. The other seven coins are variants from the anarchy period including one, probably two of Earl Henry of Northumbria, one Earl Robert of Gloucester minted at Shaftesbury, one PERERIC M type from Lincoln, with the others being northern variants linking to the Scottish border or Carlisle and possibly Edinburgh.
To order from either list, the easiest way is to check the current availability on the website www.sovr.co.uk by searching for the stock number at the start of each entry in the search option. For example, for Eadberht Praen Penny, open search box, type in GM23630 and the site will display that coin as a tile to click into and see if available to purchase.
Otherwise, please call us on 020 3019 1185 during office hours. Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm.