Triton XXI (the Anglo-Saxon portion)
The Anglo-Saxon portion of the sale was anchored by the JDR collection of sceattas, supplemented notably by material from the Arthur Fitts III collection as well as a small grouping of nice high content AV thrymsas.
The prices were high. Super high. The estimates were useless. Some notable examples:
Lot 1309: a Witmen-derived thrymsa in EF hammered at ... actually, I don't even remember what it hammered at.
Lot 1312: a 'Two Emperors' thrymsa in EF hammered at $15K (or was it $16K, I forget) on an estimate of $5K.
Lot 1320: a Series W sceatt (this is the first coinage issue from the Kingdom of Wessex) hammered at $5.5K on an estimate of $2K. This coin is unusually nice for the type. Rare too.
Lot 1323: a Series Z, type 66, sceatt with the face of Christ, hammered at $5.5K or $6K on an estimate of $2K. Also, exceptionally nice and rare.
Lot 1344: a 'Star of David' sceatt in VF with nice eye appeal hammered at around 4x the estimate of $750. Again, very rare.
Lot 1363: a superb example of Series QIB sceatt, and with gorgeous toning, hammered at 6x or 7x the estimate of $750.
And on and on. I didn't take good notes of the realized prices, so I apologize for the imprecision above.
I did win three lots, via phone bidding:
ANGLO-SAXON, Primary Sceattas. Circa 700-710. AR Sceatt (11.5mm, 1.20 g, 12h). Aethiliraed Series (E), type 105. Mint in east Kent. ‘Porcupine’ right; wavy line below / AThILI/RAD (in Runic) in two lines around central line; all within double pelleted border. M&OdV 3548 = M. Bonser, “The North of England Productive Site Revisted” in SEMC 2 (2011), P5 - 1329 (this coin); Abramson 92.10; Metcalf 134; SCBI 63 (BM), 421–2; North 155; SCBC 780. Near EF, toned. Rare.
From the Dr. JDR Collection. Ex Spink Numismatic Circular CI.7 (September 1993), no. 6118. Found Sledmere, Yorkshire, 16 February 1993.
ANGLO-SAXON, Continental Sceattas. Circa 720-740. AR Sceatt (12mm, 1.26 g). Series E, Secondary ('Kloster Barthe') phase, sub-variety g (Type 4). Mint in northern Frisia. ‘Porcupine’ right, body enclosed with tiny pellets; bar and annulet below / ‘Standard’ with annulet center, two chevrons, cross, and triple pellets in corners; pseudo-legend around. M&OdV 1919 (same obv. die); Abramson 94.20; Metcalf –; cf. SCBI 63 (BM), 401; North 45; SCBC 790D. Superb EF, toned.
From the Dr. JDR Collection. Ex Spink Numismatic Circular CIV.3 (April 1996), no. 1462.
This coin has a spectacularly sharp strike.
ANGLO-SAXON, Secondary Sceattas. Circa 725-745. AR Sceatt (12.5mm, 1.00 g, 1h). Type 73 (Series Q/R mule). Mint in East Anglia. Crude bust right; chevron and pellet-in-annulets to left, retrograde ER (in Runic) to right / Quadruped advancing right; pellets around. Abramson 12.70; Metcalf p. 496–8; SCBI 63 (BM), 620; North 147; SCBC 812. EF, toned. Rare.
From the Dr. JDR Collection. Ex Triton II (1 December 1998), lot 1245.
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