The John Cross Collection of Anglo-Saxon Coins

03/10/21

THE JOHN CROSS COLLECTION

OF ANGO-SAXON COINS

 

SUNDAY 3rd OCTOBER - Commencing at 10.00 a.m

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Above - Lot 507 - Ten Stycas, Circa 600-775

When the executors began clearing the contents of a Canterbury pensioner’s park home following his death last year, they discovered he had quietly amassed a sizeable collection of early Anglo-Saxon coins so valuable they were kept in a bank vault for safekeeping. When they were examined by the numismatic consultant at The Canterbury Auction Galleries, he described them as among the most important collection of Anglo-Saxon coins outside any UK museum

The collection, which is expected to raise a total of around £75,000, will be dispersed in a sale on October 2-4, with the proceeds going to two charities according to his wishes.

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Above Lot 505 - Archbishop of Canterbury, Jaenberht (765-792) - Silver penny, 16.2mm, 8g, F   

“On inspecting the gentleman’s personal items, it appears he was very much into researching Anglo Saxon and Medieval history,” a spokesman for the executors said. “He had a particular fascination for coinage from the period and he was also interested in early buildings and churches. He attended lectures and even held a certificate in archaeological excavation, for which he qualified back in 2010 when he was in his sixties”. He was born in 1949.

Records found in his park home showed he amassed his collection over a 20-30 year period, spending particularly freely between 2016 and 2017. It became so extensive and valuable that the coins were held in the bank for safe keeping. The proceeds from the sale will go to the The British Numismatic Society and Friends of Kent Churches, as he wished. The auctioneers, meanwhile, are producing a separate catalogue of the collection at their expense.

The single most valuable coin in the sale is an extremely rare gold Thrymsa, or shilling, dating from 640-660 and minted in Northumbria or York, which is estimated at £8,000-12,000, while a slightly earlier example, circa 635-645, showing the emperor with a diademed bust is estimated at £8,000-10,000.

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Above Lot 517- A Gold Thrymsa, Diademed Bust to Emperor's Type, Circa 635-645, 12mm, 1.3g, VF

The collection is rich in coins with a connection to Canterbury. A silver penny with the head of an Archbishop and dating from 757-796 is estimated at £2,000-2,500, as is another circa 780, showing the head of the King of Kent. Cuthred, King of Kent, is recalled by a portrait silver penny dated from 798-807, the same estimate being given to another silver penny struck in 805-832, when Wulfred was Archbishop (each £1,800-2,000). Another, struck for Baldred, King of Kent dating from 823-825 is estimated at £1,000-1,500, as is another dating from 833-870, for Archbishop Ceolnoth.

Below Lot 514 - Cuthred, King of Kent (798-807) - Silver Penny, portrait/cross and wedges, 19.2mm, 13g, VF

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Among many silver pennies in the collection, examples include one from 796-821 for Coenwulf (estimate £800-1,000) and 823-825 for Beornwulf (1,500-2,000); another dating from 840-852 for Beorhtwulf (1,200-1,500); 899-924 for Edward the Elder (£1,000-1.500); 924-939 for Athelstan (£2,000-3,000), while from 1066 – a date every pupil of Engish history knows – is a silver penny for King Harold II, killed at the Battle of Hastings. It is estimated at £1,500-2,000.

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Above Lot 583 - Harold II (1066) - Silver Penny, pax type, 18.8mm, 1.3g, GVF

ON VIEW

Wednesday 29th September 12 a.m. to 5 p.m

Thursday 30th September 12 a.m. to 7 p.m

Friday 1st October 12.00 a.m. to 5 p.m

The Auction will be ONLINE ONLY, with no viewing/attendance on auction days

 

IMPORTANT VIEWING NOTICE

Viewing the collection of Anglo-Saxon Coins is strictly by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Viewing time slots are limited to one hour maximum to accommodate as many interested bidders as possible.

Please telephone the office on 01227 763337 to book an appointment to view.

Below Lot 555 - Anlaf Sihticsson (941-944) - Viking Penny York, cross molin type, 18mm, 1.0g, GVF

 

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IME SLOTS ARE LIMITED AND ATTEMPTING TO VIEW WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT WILL RESULT IN DISAPPOINTMENT especially if you embark on a lengthy journey.

 If you are unable to keep any appointment, please notify us so that we may offer the slot to another client.

 

 

 

 

 

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