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Aethelred II Penny, contemporary Scandanavian derived imitation, very rare

Aethelred II (978-1016), contemporary imitation silver Penny, probably Scandanavian, retrograde design and legends, style of long cross obverse coupled with a last small cross reverse, draped bust right, legend retrograde reading from lower right, .+EÐEORD ERD AGLO, rev. small cross at centre, linear and outer toothed borders with blundered legend surrounding, .MYNNWXINNMIVVXM, weight 1.48g (Malmer 403/1855; N.774/777; S.1151/1154). Peck marked both sides, mainly on reverse, of good weight, very fine, the reverse legend unintelligible but reminiscent of some Hiberno Norse readings, very unusual and very rare.

Brita Malmer lists only four examples of this die combination on page 198 of The Anglo-Scandanavian Coinage c.995-1020 published in Stockholm in 1997.

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