Aethelred II - Leofthegn -
Northumbria, Æthelred II (c. 841-843-849/50), Styca, Phase II, ‘Special Motifs’, Leofthegn, +EDELRED REX, four circles and central pellet cruciform within circle, rev. +LEOPDEGN, central pellet with wedges around within circle, central motif (3d/S1b), 1.35g, 0° (Stewartby V, 1891 this coin; Pirie 174/-; North 188; Spink 866A). A very rare variety.
Images and selected text reproduced by kind permission of Spink and Son Ltd, London, auction 21050, The Tony Abramson Collection of Dark Age Coinage - Part II - Northumbria, March 18th 2021, lot #518. Provenance: Lord Stewartby, Part V, Spink 246, 28 April 2017, lot 1891 Dr Fairlen collection purchased by Spink (acquired April 1954) ~ Hexham hoard, 1832.