S.1135 Southern Group -
Eadgar, Penny, Circumscription Cross type [Southern Group], Southampton, Landbeorht, EADGA · R REX ANGLORV : around small cross pattée, rev. LANDBRVHT MO NANT around small cross pattée, 1.51g/3h (Lessen, SNC April 2003, no. 2, this coin; CTCE –; BMC –; N 749; S 1135). Of the highest rarity; perhaps the only known specimen. Provenance: ex the "North Yorkshire Moors Collection". Bt CNG November 1994. Images courtesy of DNW.
This coin is part of a group of two dozen or so pieces that appeared on the market in both England and the USA in the early 1990s, and which almost certainly have a Hampshire provenance. Mr Lessen’s detective work shows that the group probably contained four Southampton mint-signed coins and might have been unearthed as a result of the construction of the extension to the M3 motorway at the time.