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Listed below are additional varieties since edition 3 was published, plus some improved images, including:
New Varieties (30) , New Variants (8), Improved Images (8)
1-16, 1-25, 1-33, 1-35, 2-20, 2-50, 3-80, 4-15, 4-30, 4-32, 7-45, 8-15, , 16-20, , 19-25, 21-75, 32-25, 34-20, 34-25, 38-10, 39-35, 41-10v, 45-10v, 45-55, 52-40, 59-15, 72-10, 73-18, 73-80, 75-15, 80-05, 80-50, 81-20, 82-35, 82-60, 82-70, 83-40, 84-10, 86.5-45, 86.5-75, 86-5-130, 92-15, 97-20, 98-20, 102-11, 102-15, 104-60.
13-157 is withdrawn. See below.
A Merovingian denier is shown at the end.
New Variety 1-35, courtesy of Mike Vosper - January 2021:
"Base Gold Thrymsa - Seat transitional, Type Ib-IIa? / IIa., Mint in Kent, ca.670-690 AD.
12mm - 1.17g
Bust right, the breast is as of type Ib - lines and two annulets depicting arms etc., not a row of annulets across arms and neck as Ty.IIa is. The hair has a forward bent wreath (to resembling a helmet) ending in some annulets - these annulets are only present on the helmeted Ib. It would appear that the die cutter has designed the hair to liken a helmet! In front of the bust is CIIZIO (for CRISPVS blundered), this legend only occurred on Type Ib and not IIa (IIa is TIIC, TIC or AVG). / Type IIa = PADA (in Runic), with three pellets above, in a beaded circle. Tufa on left, and mZCOTIoΛTm (C retrograde).
See S76A for the near obverse, S 769 for both sides - note the busts!
Metcalf, see Vol., 1, page 73, Pa Ib obverse and Pa IIa obverse and reverse.
It would appear that the obverse of our coin is a transition from a helmeted bust to a diademed bust, I know of no other examples and must be EXCESSIVELY-RARE"
New Variety 4-15: Horns to upper corners of votive standard but tufa replaced by cross pattée. See also here. Image courtesy of Wayne Boyd, 1st November 2021.
13-157 NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL
Demian J. Morrisroe writes: Specimen 13-157 on page 79 is one of the small medieval coins of Flanders known as a petit denier or "maille." I don't own a copy myself, but the reference for these is Joseph Gyssens' 'Les petits deniers de Flandre des XIIe et XIIIe siècles' (Bruxelles, 1971). They were minted between the mid-12th century and the end of the 13th. Many cities in Flanders minted their own versions, typically around 10 or 11mm, and usually uninscribed.
The coin in question was minted in Ghent during Gyssens' fourth phase of the coinage, dating between 1253 and 1300 A.D. Absent a copy of Gyssens' book, the below link contains a free Google e-book of the 2007 Kunker auction catalogue of the G. W. de Wit collection. Page 397 introduces the petits deniers and the phases of the coinage, and page 400 features several exemplars of the coin in question:
The image shown here is from Victor Louis Marie Gaillard's 'Les monnaies des comtes de Flandre,' published in 1852, and is thus past copyright. Please note that the fleur-de-lys behind the bust is replaced with a cruciform quartet of pellets on many issues, as in the example published in Sceatta List ed III.
New Variety 34-25 previously 34-20 but now re-assigned.This coin Spink auction 21060, 30th September 2021, Part III lot 812. SCBI. 483. Standard bearer in hatched tabard, looking right, holding long cross right, floral cross left, standing in crescent boat. Similar to 35-30 but with crescent boat. My thanks to Nick Carter for distinguishing this probably unique variety from 34-20 above.
New Variety 32-25. Bust with wreath-ties right, of typical London style and fabric. Rosette before.
Reverse: standard bearer. Cross pommée to lower left. Surfaces silver enriched.
EMC 2022.0123. Found near Ancaster early November 2021.
Thanks to Pat Broomfield for correcting my provisional attribution.
80-05: See EMC 2020.0417. See ‘A vital clue in establishing Northumbrian chronology for early pennies’
This was the final coin to be added to my collection before disposal.
Clearer images are now provided, courtesy of Ron Bude.
New Variety 80-50 Aethelred by the moneyer ceolbald but blundered to read CELBAOLD. Thanks to Alex Bliss for drawing this to my attention (19/10/2021) and giving image use permission. See Alex's note on the BNS blog.
81-20 - a second specimen, recorded on the Portable Antiquities database. Attributed to CEOLBALD by Artie Gran in his BNS Blog contribution of 6th August 2019: 'Ceolbald of Northumbria: a new look at an old moneyer'.
New Variety 86.5-130 [02-A] tertiary sceat.
Joint issue of Eanred and Archbishop Eanbald II. DNW Nov 2021. Unrecorded. Read more in the BNS blog. A historical significant find, auctioned by DNW December 1-2, 2021. Image courtesy of DNW
New variety 102-11. Obverse apperars to be a die duplicate of 102-10: Christ, facing, almond-shaped eyes, bell-shaped hair style curling outward, long moustache and beard forked into W shape. Beaded border enclosed within wire lines.
Reverse is similar to 102-40: long-legged wild boar in running posture right, large claws below, lowered tail with pellet finial rises below body, ears erect. Row of pellets over back, trefoil of pellets before.
Image courtesy of Sean Hagarty, February 2022.
A denier probably attributable to Marseilles. The obverse display a cross atop a letter A with a saltire either side. The reverse is a quilled crescent, left, plain cross laterally below. cf : SL 108-10.
Image courtesy of cgb.fr, whose website states:
"If it is possible to recognize an extreme simplification of more traditional types on the obverse, the reverse presents a crossed A. If the crossed A is quite widely represented in the Merovingian coinage, it is very rare in the Anglo-Saxon coinage (note however the W100 coin reproduced by T. Abramson with a crossed A described as a monogram of Marseilles and considered as a denarius “ Anglo-Merovingian” of series W).
Is it a Merovingian strike inspired by a sceat. Need we remind you that sceats circulated widely throughout Gaul? Or is it a seal using a typically Merovingian type of reverse?
Be that as it may, this penny or seal seems to be missing from all publications on the subject."