Edward the Elder -
Penny, Bust Crowned type, East Anglian, draped and diademed bust left, EADVVEARD REX, rev. NAIOE NYIOEI, three crosslets between, crosslet and two trefoils of pellets above and below, 1.28g/3h (cf. CTCE 18; SCBI East Anglia 606, same rev. die; N 653/1; cf. S 1086).
Provenance: From the ‘Vatican’ Hoard, c. 1928 (though not in either of the 1929 or 1930 Glendining auctions); G.C. Drabble Collection, Part I, Glendining Auction, 4-6 July 1939, lot 396; J.H. Barnes Collection, Sotheby Auction, 26 June 1974, lot 386.
The so-called Vatican Hoard was discovered in Rome around 1928, perhaps on the site of the Vatican wireless station. It consisted of 517 Anglo-Saxon pennies (the majority of Edward the Elder) as well as six Continental coins and some silver ingots. The chronological composition of the hoard suggested that it had lain undisturbed for almost exactly 1,000 years, having been deposited perhaps during disturbances in the city which culminated in the murder of Pope John X in May 928.
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