S.764, "Crispus" -
Anglo-Saxon England, Post-Crondall Types (c. 655-675), Pale Gold Shilling, 'Crispus' type, CBISPUS | DOB CHES, helmeted, cuirassed and draped Romanised bust right, with elaborate hair, rev. +DELAIONA | CESIAN + retrograde, annulet cross with cross pattée either side, in double beaded circle, 1.28g, 0° (SCBI 69, 8 this coin; Abramson, 2012a, Fig 10; A&W xxvi.; Gannon, pp. 52-3, 5, no. 212, pp. 58, 159, 172, 180, 184 no. 17, and Figs. 2.42a, 5.4; North 18; Spink 764 plate coin).
Extremely rare with only eight recorded on EMC despite it being one of the most recognisable issues of the 'Dark Ages'
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 # 24. Provenance: Spink Numismatic Circular, August 2007.