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DNW sell rare detecting finds

DNW sell rare detecting finds

DNW held an auction on 8/9 March 2022 of coins, tokens and historical medals. The full catalogue can be found hereThere is a buyer’s premium of 24% (plus VAT) on the hammer price.

The auction features three important recent detecting finds with the star amongst those being the gold Leopard of Edward III.

Featured Lots

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Gold Thrysma

Estimate: £8,000 – £10,000
Hammer: £15000

A detecting find from January 2022. You can read about the find in Gold thrymsa which was found in January for sale

The coin dates to c 650 -670. However, the design is based on a coin of Crispus, a Roman emperor from the 4th century . The legend includes Runic text which translates to Delaiona. This was once thought to be a mint signature for London but is now considered to refer to the moneyer.This is only the ninth example of this type and it is in excellent condition.

The detectorist who found it was Mark Pallett. After the auction he said “I am truly overwhelmed by the price that the coin achieved and am pleased for myself and the farmer who will get half of the proceeds. I did think about buying a new detector with the money but I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with my current one as it helped me find this wonderful coin!

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Gold Leopard of Edward III

Mint: London
Estimate: £100,000 – £140,000
Hammer: £140000

This extremely rare and important gold Leopard of Edward II was found at a detecting rally on 19 October 2019 in Norfolk. You can read story of the coin and the find at DNW to sell gold “leopard” coin found in 2019 for over £100,000.

Andy Carter

The coin was found by Andy Carter. Following the sale, Andy, a 65-year-old retired research scientist from Norwich, said: “This has been a very long two and a half years since I found the coin and I can’t believe that the day is actually here. Before the coin sold my mouth went very dry and I am delighted how well it sold. This is a life-changing amount of money and I will share with the landowner, but my partner would like a new kitchen and I have always dreamt of getting a Land Rover Defender, not sure where I will park it though

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Edward VI Irish shilling

Mint: Dublin
Estimate: £20,000 – £24,000
Hammer: £20000

Edward VI shilling were issued in Dublin in 1552, as shown by the MDLII in the legend. This issue continued the policy of his father, Henry VIII, of issuing debased coinage. When Elizabeth I came to power in 1558, she sought to restore confidence in the coinage by increasing the fineness. In 1561, these Irish shillings were countermarked with a greyhound to indicate that they had be revalued to 2¼d, an 81% reduction in value.

A distinguishing feature of these coins is that the lettering is very neat, due to the use of small letter punches. However, although the die was good, most of the coins were weakly struck. Hence, the auctioneer saying that this example is “in outstanding condition both for the type and for the countermark“.

Selection of other lots

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Gold stater of the Corieltauvi

On the obverse is a vertical wreath intersected with a horizontal band with legend DV-M[N], which is likely the abbreviation of the personal name “Dumnocoveros. The reverse has TIGIR above [SE] NO. Although uncertain, it has been suggested that TIGIR is the title “Lord” and SENO may be a place name.
Estimate: £2,000 – £2,600
Hammer: £2200
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Anglo-Saxon sceatta series Z

Obverse: broad facing bearded head of Wodan (or Christ). Reverse: hound or boar right with tail curled beneath body,
Estimate: £2,000 – £3,000
Hammer: £5500
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Alfred the Great penny

Obverse reads ELFRED RE Z. Reverse reads BV RG VA LD for the moneyer Burgwald. A detecting find from Wold Newton, Yorkshire in 2006.
Estimate: £3,000 – £3,600
Hammer: £6000
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Penny of Cnut

Reverse reads AELFRIC ON AXA giving the moneyer as Ælfric and the mint as Axbridge.
Estimate: £1,800 – £2,200
Hammer: £2800

Penny of Harthacnut

Reverse reads EADPALD ON LVN giving the moneyer as Eadweald and mint London. This is the only known example for this moneyer for a right facing bust of Harthacnut.
Estimate: £4,000 – £6,000
Hammer: £4000
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Aureus of Herennia Etruscilla

Draped bust of Herennia Etruscilla on the obverse. Pudicitia seated left, holding sceptre and drawing veil from face on the reverse.
Estimate: £3,000 – £3,600
Hammer: £3200
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