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978-1016 Aethelred II Helmet Penny Wulfwine on London

978-1016 Aethelred II Helmet Penny Wulfwine on London Obverse

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£545.00
Helmet type long cross Penny of Aethelred II, minted in London by the moneyer Wulfwine. Æthelred - known as the Unready - ruled 978 to 1013 and again 1014 to 1016. The obverse of this silver coin shows a left facing armoured bust wearing a ‘radiate’ helmet, pushed back from his face. The portrait extends to the edge of the coin, the legend beginning int he lower left declaring Aethelred king of the English. The reverse features a voided long cross with triple crescent terminals and a pellet at the centre. The long cross quarters a trefoil tipped quatrefoil and divides the legend which attributes this coin to the mint of London and the moneyer Wulfwine, rendered as ‘PULFPINE’ here. Aethelred II’s epithet - ‘The Unready’ - suggests he was ill advised and one ill advised decision might be said to be paying off Viking raiders as they began raiding English territory in earnest from the 980s onwards. The martial portrait on the obverse of this penny belies this, portraying Aethelred as a strong military leader. That he paid the Danegeld, however, has meant that many examples of his coinage were hoarded in Scandinavia and are, as such, in rather good condition. Surviving coinage, however, does show ‘peck marks’ from Viking bankers testing metal quality with a knife. 1.50 grams, 19.3 millimetres diameter. Grade: AEF - Dark patina with very strong details and a couple of peck marks - about Extremely Fine. Spink 1152.
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Obverse

Left facing bust wearing armour and radiate helmet, pushed back. Legend: '+ /EDELRED RED ANGLO'.

Reverse

Voided long cross with tripple crescent terminals, pellet in center, triangular piles topped with trefoils in angles. Legend: '+ PUL | FPIN | EON | LVND': Wulfwine on London.

Grade

AEF - Dark patina with very strong details and a couple of peck marks - about Extremely Fine.

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