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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 48

The John Chatwin Collection | Wessex, Ecgberht (802-839), 'Late Phase', Episcopal Issue, 'Portrait Type', Penny, c. 830-839, Rochester, in the name of St. Andrew, [+ECG]BEORHT RE, diademed and draped bust right, rev. + ZCZ [AND]REAZ, around plain inner circle containing wheel symbol with six spokes, [Spink XRF: 95.48% Ag; 2.51% Cu; 0.86% Fe; 0.491% Pb; 0.391% Au; 0.277% Zn], 1.01g [15.59grns], 12h (Naismith R14.3a = BNJ Coin Register, 2005, no. 153 = EMC 2004.0049 = PAS SF-4BBA95 this coin; North 587-588 var.; Spink 1040), an incomplete coin with ragged edge loss, the details otherwise largely uniform, struck details very fine thus, UNIQUE, the only known example since it was added to the incredibly rare Rochester 'St Andrew' series in 2003


From the John Chatwin Collection of English Hammered Coins [with his ticket]

Found by M King at Freckenham, Suffolk, by 2003

~ Recorded with the Fitzwilliam Museum, ref. EMC 2004.0049 ~

~ Recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, ref. SF-4BBA95 ~

~ Listed in the BNJ Coin Register, 2005, no. 153

C E Blunt, writing in the BNJ, 1955, 'The Coinage of Ecgbeorht, King of Wessex, 802-839', pp. 467-476, stated: "The coins attributed to Rochester, of which only five appear to have survived [This coin unknown to Blunt at the time of publishing], have no moneyer's name but read instead SCS ANDREAS or SCS ANDREAS APOSTULUS, the final letters of the last word being in the centre of the coin as was the case at London. This clearly suggests that they emanated from a one-moneyer mint and the attribution to Rochester is based on the fact that the cathedral there was dedicated to St. Andrew."

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