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Series E Continental sceatta

This is the first of two coins recently unearthed by Tim Pickard, who asked for a full ID and a valuation.

Tim’s find is a silver sceatta, which was struck during the early Anglo-Saxon period. However, it is Continental in origin rather than being native English.

This sceatta belongs to series E, of which there are many varieties. This one has a degenerate head (sometimes described as looking like a porcupine) on the obverse and a square standard on the reverse. In the Standard Catalogue the type is listed as number 790D.



There was a time when series E Continental sceattas were quite scarce but that was before detectorists managed to dig up a very high number of examples. Today the type is the most common of all. Even though Tim’s specimen would grade good VF my price range would be no higher than £80 to £100.

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