Coelwulf I, King of Mercia, 821-823 AD

S-921, N-376

Diademed portrait facing right, his name surrounding; reverse, letter “A” or Alpha at center surrounded by moneyer’s name SIGESTEF of the Canterbury mint. Very rare and especially so in quality, exhibiting a bold portrait and equally sharp reverse legends: classic Anglo-Saxon art. Coelwulf’s reign was brief. The elderly brother of Coenwulf, he proved incapable of ruling and was soon dethroned by his nobles. Most of his coins were minted at Kent. Sigestef made his best pieces, this one being magnificent.