Ecgberht, King of Wessex, 802-839 AD

S-1035, N-573

Diademed portrait facing right breaking inner circle, his name surrounding; reverse, central monogram inside circle, moneyer BOSEL and title: struck 828-839, Canterbury mint. Rare, especially with a full flan. Ecgberht was one of Coenwulf’s vassals for twenty years, effectively ruling Wessex since 802 and waging war against the Cornish Welsh until 825, when he conquered Mercia, then was welcomed in Kent when he ran King Baldred out of the kingdom to the joy of the Witan, who crowned him King of Kent. This coin is a classic of that time-the monogram on its reverse, DOROB C abbreviated, is the ancient name for Canterbury, Dorobernia Civitas.