For Sale By Auction: A Penny From The Reign Of Coenwulf, King Of Mercia (796-821), Found Near Warminster

Friday 15th June 2018:

A coin found near Warminster on 28th December 2008, is up for auction next month. It is one of 253 Anglo-Saxon and Viking coins, from the Williams Collection Part II, being sold by Spink & Son, auctioneers, in a live webcast auction on 3rd July 2018. Lot 119 is a penny from the reign of Coenwulf, who was King of Mercia from December 796 until his death in 821. 

The catalogue describes the coin as: "Mercia, Coenwulf (796-821), Penny, 1.33g, 3h, large portrait type (c.810-822/3), Canterbury, Duda, +coenvvlf - rex m, diademed and draped bust right, breaking solid inner circle, rev. +dvda moneta, cross pommée over quatrefoil, pellet in each angle (Naismith C40e this coin; N.350; S.916), slight edge chips, good very fine." 

The auctioneer's estimate for the coin is £2,000 to £2,500. The buyer will also have to pay 5% tax on hammer price in addition to 20% VAT on buyer's premium.

Spink & Son,
67-69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4ET.
Telephone 020 7563 4000.