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BM03438

Canute Quatrefoil type Penny, Castle Gotha, Wulfmaer

Canute (1016-35), silver quatrefoil Penny (c.1017-25), Castle Gotha Mint, Moneyer Wulfmaer, crowned and draped bust left within quatrefoil, legend surrounding commences at top, +CNVT REX ANGLOR, rev. pellet at centre of voided long cross, over quatrefoil with pellet cusps, legend surrounding, +PVL FMÆ R ON I OÐA, weight 0.99g (N.781; S.1157). Light greenish tone, one small peck mark each side and struck a little off-centre, a bold very fine and extremely rare.

The Latin legends translate as "Canute King of the English" on obverse and on the reverse "Wulfmaer of Gothabyrig." Castle Gotha is near St Austell in Cornwall and is the best fit solution to the whereabouts of the Gothabyrig Mint written about more extensively in the British Numismatic Journal volume XXVIII by Michael Dolley in his 1955 Anglo-Saxon note. This Quatrefoil type coin is struck in the Exeter die-cutting style who would have provided the dies to Wulfmaer at this satellite mint.

Provenance:

Ex A H Baldwin and Sons Ltd, 1997 priced at £3,750 on ticket in hand of Michael Sharp.

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