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DM07644

Alfred the Great Penny, with retrograde moneyer name Cuthberht, Rare

Alfred the Great (871-899), King of Wessex, silver Penny, Moneyer Cuthbert, small cross pattee within linear circle, legend and toothed border surrounding, in three parts as Edward the Elder style, +ÆL FRE D RE, rev. Moneyer name in two horizontal lines retrograde, divided across centre by central pellet and trio of pellets either side, in retrograde CVÐB ERHT, weight 1.05g (N.639; S.1067). Some ghosting of obverse centre device onto reverse, toned, a little short of flan, otherwise good very fine and rare with retrograde legend and a good provenance.

The Anglo-Saxon legends translate as "Alfred King" on obverse and the moneyer "Cuthbert" on reverse albeit unusual in retrograde form.

Alfred the Great was the key monarchal figure in the survival of the Kingdom of Wessex at the time of the Viking invasions and for that reason is seen by some as the first King of Anglo Saxon England. Born circa 848 he was perhaps 23 by the time he ascended the throne of Wessex in April 871, after Viking invasions were responsible for the death of Aethelred I. Various skirmishes and battles with the Vikings followed across Wessex in succeeding years where the legend of Alfred burning the poor cottager's cakes and accepting her subsequent scolding stems from, whilst he was travelling incognito. Victories followed and by 878 after a division of the country with Guthrum the Dane, Alfred was set up the fortified town "burgh" system across Wessex. By 886 he had finally taken and fortified the Capital City of London, from whence forth a coin as we have offered here would have been struck. Alfred also commissioned the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and is portrayed as one of the most significant rulers of the time. He died on the 26th October 899 aged circa 52.

Provenance:

Ex Hyman J Montagu, Anglo-Saxon and English part 1, Sotheby, 18th November 1895, lot 568 pt.

Ex Lord Grantley Collection, part III, Glendining, 22nd March 1944, lot 1014 pt.

With A H Baldwin & Sons stock ticket from 1963, priced at £10/10/- in hand of Albert Baldwin.

Ex Spink Coin Auction 255, 25th September 2018, lot 1572.

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