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Continental series D sceatta

A detectorist signing himself as Stephen asked for an ID and a valuation on the coin pictured here. It’s a silver sceatta, which dates from the early Anglo-Saxon period but it started its life on the Continent rather than in England.

On the obverse is a fairly crude bust facing right. In the centre of the reverse is a cross with a large pellet in each angle and this 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 s number 792.


Sceattas of this type turn up quite regularly as detecting finds. This specimen would grade better than Fine but it has an edge chip. As it isn’t a scarce type, my highest price range in its present condition would be £30 – £40.

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