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Continental type 8 sceatta

This coin was unearthed by Tony Hollis, who told me it was found in Cambridgeshire quite near to the location of an Anglo-Saxon village. I was asked to identify this find and provide a valuation on it,

The coin is an Anglo-Saxon period silver sceattta. However, rather than being struck in England this sceatta started its life on the Continent.

On the obverse is a fairly crude standard with an annulet in the centre and symbols in the corners. There is a cross pommee on the reverse with pellets in the angles, which is surrounded by a pseudo legend. Therefore, this sceatta is an example of Continental type 8, which is listed in the Standard Catalogue as number 793.


Tony’s find is weak in places but overall it would grade Fine. It’s not a scarce type and in its present state of preservation my price range would be £22 – £25.

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