Series Z, type 66 -
Anglo-Saxon England, Primary Series (680-710), Sceat, Series Z, type 66, narrow head facing, with pellet eyes, prominent cheeks and bell-shaped hair style formed of outward crescents either side of head, long drooping moustache and beard forked into W shape, rev. straight long-legged 'hound' or 'wild boar' right, long snout, erect ears, tail curls below body, angular legs and feet, cross pommée above, wave pattern below, 0.96g, 90° (SL 102-20v; cf. SCBI 69, 116-21 var.; T&S pp. 133-9, 140-5; Gannon 28, 29, 128-9, 161, Figs. 2.7a, 4.32; North 145; Spink 782). A very rare variety.
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 #71. Provenance: Acquired privately from finder, January 2018 ~ Found by W Boyd at Stoke Ash, near Eye (Suffolk), 17 December 2017 ~ EMC 2018.0205, PAS SF-7C72D5.