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Aethelstan Penny

Aethelstan (924-939), silver Penny, Chester Mint, North Mercian style, circumscription rosette type, moneyer Eadmund, small cross rosette of pellets at centre both sides, circles and legend surrounding, + ÆÐELSTAN REX TOBR, rev. legend EADMVND MON LEG weight 1.57g, (N.680; S.1098). Toned, good very fine and very rare.

The legends translate on obverse as "Aethelstan King of the Britons" and reverse "Eadmund Moneyer of Chester".

Provenance:

Ex Archbishop Sharp Collection, part II, Morton and Eden, 7th December 2017, lot 31.

Archbishop John Sharp (1644-1714), the Archbishop of York from 1691 till 1714 collected coins and medals commencing circa 1687 when Rector of St Giles in the Fields, London. His "observations on the English Coinage" written to Ralph Thoresby in 1698-99 were still circulating in manuscript form nearly 90 years later when finally published in 1785.

The Collection passed down the Sharp family with part I sold at Sotheby in 1977.

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