British, Irish and Scottish Coins (29 September 2010)

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Date of Auction: 29th September 2010

Sold for £12,000

Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000

Viking Coinages: Hiberno-Norse Vikings, Anlaf Guthfrithsson (939-41), Penny, Raven type, York, Æthelferth, raven standing with wings outstretched and head turned to left, +anlaf cvnvncin, rev. +adelferd minetrl around cross, 1.17g/7h (N 537; S 1019). Full and round, nearly extremely fine, very rare £8,000-10,000


In the early tenth century, Danish influence in the north of England declined and for the next forty years the territory was fought over by the English and the Norse Vikings of Dublin. The city of York changed hands several times. Soon after the death of Æthelstan in October 939, it was occupied by the Norse prince Anlaf Guthfrithsson whose rule briefly extended from Northumbria to the East Midlands. The Vikings were finally expelled from York by Eadred in 954.

Almost all known specimens of the raven type are by the moneyer
Æthelferth, who may be the same man as Æthelerd who struck coins of the crowned bust type at York late in the reign of Æthelstan (CEB 307-8)