Coelwulf I, King of Mercia 821-823 AD

Canterbury mint, moneyer Sigestef. Diademed portrait facing right. Extremely rare.

A superb Anglo-Saxon penny exhibiting a bold portrait and an equally sharp reverse featuring an alpha fashioned into a cross-crosslet, the legends as bold as on any coin seen of this era, struck on a perfect flan of good metal, with complete rim beading and undisturbed surfaces sheathed in a magnificent gray patina. Classic Saxon art!