The Collection of an English Doctor

Sovereign Rarities are very excited to present this new fixed price list of the first part of the Collection of an English Doctor. 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 herewith 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 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. There is one anonymous archbishop issue of Wulfred with the Latin name for Canterbury prominently on the reverse. There are superb quality pennies of Eadberht Praen of Kent and a lovely Offa with serpent reverse. 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. Finishing with a wonderful assemblage of 44 Aethelred II pennies; we have thirty different mints represented across nine different types, with some rarities of the highest magnitude of Buckingham, Louth, Melton Mowbray and Newark, as well as other rare mints for the reign like Stafford, Lympne and Malmesbury. We have therefore listed the reign of Aethelred II in mint order rather than by chronological types.


We look forward to presenting part two in the near future which will continue the chronology of the silver penny from King Canute right through to the Commonwealth of England.


To order from this list the easiest way is to check the current availability on the website 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.


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