Series QIH -
Anglo-Saxon England, Secondary Series (710-760), Sceat, Series QIH, halflength diademed and draped figure, wreath ties behind, angular features, arm reaching across to hold long cross pommée before, pellets in field, rev. quadruped left, looking back, gaping jaws, erect ear, tail entwining legs, pellets in field, linebeaded border, 1.01g. 0° (SL 63-90 plate coin; SCBI 69, 623 this coin; T&S pp. 488-95, 382-5; Gannon 28-9, 39, 53, 65, 87, 101, no. 159, 148-50, 175, 191-2, and Figs. 2.7b, 2.44; MEC 8 Series Qa; North –; Spink 808D plate coin). The animal depicted on the reverse is now thought to represent a lion. Although there are many negative allegories relating to lions in early Christianity, in later times the lion became a symbol of Christ, as the Lion of Judah, and his Resurrection (Gannon, pp. 125-134).
Images and selected text reproduced by kind permission of Spink and Son Ltd, London, auction 21000, The Tony Abramson Collection of Dark Age Coinage - Part I, March 18th 2021, lot #258. Provenance: Beowulf, CNG, 75, 23 May 2007, lot 1424.