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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 52

The John Chatwin Collection | Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), "Wessex Lunettes", Group 2, Penny, variant III, Canterbury, Dunn, + AELBRED REX, diademed and draped bust right, rev. MON | DVNN | ETA (0/0/0/0), moneyer's name in three lines in and between two lunettes, consisting of lines with a crook at each end, [Spink XRF: 72.07% Cu; 18.91% Ag; 5.42% Sn; 1.37% Zn; 1.19% Pb; 0.46% Fe; 0.37% Ir; 0.212% Au], 0.90g [13.89grns], 3h (MacKay Group 2, variant iii: The ‘London Wessex’ Bonnet/Sub variant B; SCBI 42 [South Eastern], 736 [Abbey Orchard]; SCBI 67 [BM], 1379 [Beeston Tor]; North 628; BMC I; Spink 1057), edges chipped and ragged, the reverse somewhat waterworn and of a distinctive cuprous patina, struck details otherwise pleasingly uniform, a bolder very fine, the reverse less so, but rare


From the John Chatwin Collection of English Hammered Coins

S&B [S Monk and B Reeds], by private treaty, 5 July 1999 - £428

Lyons and Mackay (BNJ, 2008, pp. 38-110), note: "There are three sub-variants. Sub-variants A (Pl. 1, 20–22) and B (Pl. 1, 23–25) are closely linked in style to the Wessex Group 1 coins which they seem to imitate. In comparison sub-variant C (Pl. 1, 26–28) seems to be less influenced by the Canterbury die cutting style. Sub-variants A and B have the single-banded diadem, drapery and inscription largely following Wessex styles."

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