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BM00937

Anglo-Saxon, Plegmund silver Penny

Archbishops of Canterbury, Plegmund (890-914), silver Penny, Canterbury mint, moneyer Berhrthelm, Group II, small cross pattée, circles and legend surrounding, + PLEGMVND ΛRCHIEP, rev. three crosses pattée across centre, moneyer name in two lines, BERHT/ELM MO trefoil of pellets above and below, 1.48 g, (N.256; S.900 plate coin). Toned, trace of red deposit on obverse, nearly extremely fine, very rare with an excellent provenance.

The legends translate on obverse as "Plegmund Archbishop" and reverse "Berthelm Moneyer".

Plegmund was appointed by King Alfred the Great (871-899) as Archbishop of Canterbury in 890. He proved to be very influential in the reigns of both Alfred and King Edward the Elder (899-924) and was involved in the early effort to convert the Danelaw to Christianity.

The Standard Catalogue of British Coins (50th edition to date) plate coin.

Provenance:

Ex Vatican Hoard, Rome, Second portion, Glendining, 13th November 1930, lot 1.

Ex Richard Cyril Lockett Collection, English part IV, Glendining, 4th November 1958, lot 2640.

Ex "Dr Parker Collection" as anonymous, Glendining, 5th October 1987, lot 395.

Ex Baldwin Auction 83, 24th September 2013, lot 4276.

Ex Dr. Andrew Wayne Collection, Classical Numismatic Group, Triton Auction XX, 10th January 2017, lot 1480.

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