||Kings of Wessex. ?lfred the Great (871-899) Penny ND, S-1066, North-637, MS63 NGC. 3rd Coinage (880-899). Two-Line Cross-pattee type, Mercian dies, moneyer Cudberht. A beautiful example of this scarce non-portrait penny. The flan is of good metal and essentially round in form. The legends are very clear. There is a strong inner circle on the obverse with a partial rim border; there are no cracks. The reverse shows some ancient fine scratches and a long scuff to the rim near 1 o'clock; the rim is partially in evidence; the color a lovely light silvery gray with some beautiful golden green iridescent toning. All in all, a choice example of this classic Anglo-Saxon issue. ?lfred entered London in great triumph in 886, at which time he had struck the famous Londonia portrait coins, which circulated alongside coins such as this charming, if simply designed, penny.
Realized $6,462.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.