Edward the Elder, King of Wessex, 899-924 AD

S-1086, N-651

Diademed portrait “of crude style” facing left, contained by inner circle, his name clear and bold surrounding; reverse, two-line moneyer’s name blundered as NEIOCR IIEICIO in two lines divided by a row of three crosses: East Anglian Mint. Such spellings were frequent at this mint. Edward, the son of Alfred, finally subdued the Danish invaders at York in 919, making him king (or tyrant) of all inhabitants of England south of the Humber. After his death, the Danes staged insignificant rebellions in Yorkshire, but the reign of terror posed by Viking invaders was effectively ended. Edward’s coins are varied in type, most without a portrait; this coin captures the essence of his rule with a crude but definitive bust of the tyrant. Despite the modest numerical grade, this is a beautiful, very choice example of this rare issue-a special coin indeed.