Roerbakmix Posted November 15, 2022 · Member Share Posted November 15, 2022 Last week, our fourth child - a son - was born. Coincidentally, the package containing the coin below arrived at the moment we left to the hospital. It didn't really feel like the best moment to open the package (my wife was having contractions) so I left it unopened (which made me feel very responsible and adult). Two days later, I opened the package, and there was Cnut in all his Cnutness, with a lovely golden toning, perfect readable legend, and nice strike (with only one peck mark on the reverse, though I don't mind those). ANGLO-SAXON, Cnut. Denomination: AR Penny (Short cross type), minted: England, Londen; Obv: +CNVT . REX A. Diademed bust of Cnut to the left; scepter before. Rev: +L.EOFPOL.D ON LV: Voided cross. Weight: 1.17g; Ø:17.5mm. Catalogue: - . Provenance: Bought from J.T.M. van Bergen, who bought it as a lot of three Cnut pennies, which were (allegedly) part of a hoard found in 2014 near the Thames in London (though I couldn't find a PAS registration). ; acq.: 11-2022 When I started collecting in 2018, my main focus was Roman coinage. In 2019, I bought a group lot of (the descendants of?) a metal detectorist. This lot contained three anglo-saxon pennies: two of Aethelred, and one of Cnut. The latter turned out to be an extremely rare CNVT REX DAENORVM type. As I focussed on Roman coinage, these coins were of little interest, and I auctioned one Aethelred, and the Cnut (they sold for resp. 200 and 1900 USD, which was a bit less than expected). My current focus however is the ~650-800 AD Western Europe coinage (Anglo Saxon, Frisian, Merovingian). The Cnut would have served as a nice coin to mark the end of the collection. I've sold a lot of coins in the process of focussing - but I regretted selling the Cnut more and more, and was on the lookout for a decent replacement. Though not rare, this coin is certainly decent. It was offered me as early as 2019, but for a price of €450, it was a bit too expensive. In sept. 2022, I met the dealer in person, and he showed me the Cnut again. It was still €450, however, in hand the patina, strike, and overall sharpness of the coin was just perfect. I hesitated a while (€450 is a lot of money for a non-sceatta coin), but at a moment of weakness following a sleep deprived night, I bought it. Still a lot of money though. Anyway, please share the coins that were in the back of your head for a long time until you bought it! 15 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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