Continental series D sceatta

Simon Taylor asked if I could identify this coin for him. It’s a silver sceatta and for anyone who hasn’t seen anything similar it might be difficult to pin down.

The coin circulated during the early Anglo-Saxon period but it was made on the Continent rather than in England. On the obverse is a degraded radiate bust facing right. In the centre of the reverse is a cross with a pellet in each angle, which is surrounded by a pseudo legend.

This sceatta is an example of Continental series D, type 2c., of which there are many varieties. In the Standard Catalogue it is listed as number 792.

Simon’s sceatta is a reasonably decent example of the type and is a coin that many detectorists have yet to find.

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