Northumbria Abp. Eanbald II 796-835AD Base Silver Sceat
Northumbria Abp. Eanbald II 796-835AD Base Silver Sceat, EDILVEARD
S861, 13x14mm, 1.29g. A high grade example.
This coin is a part of the ‘John Cross Collection’ of Anglo Saxon coins. John was an avid collector of coins from across the Anglo Saxon period for many years, he sadly passed away in 2020. His coins were recovered by executors who appear to have destroyed all paperwork relating to them meaning that there are no tickets or provenance prior to his collection. Tony Abramson has compiled an inventory of his early coins, a copy of which is available on request and individual numbers on the back of our tickets relate to this. The collection contains many rarities, seldom offered on the open market so this is a good opportunity for collectors to obtain rare coins which are usually unavailable.
Archbishop Eanbald II – successor of Eanbald I and also a friend of Alcuin, who laid down further rules for clergy and was ultimately ostracised by King Eardwulf for allowing his enemies to claim sanctuary. Primary sources suggest he died around 808, though coin-evidence infers that pieces were struck in his name up till approximately 830.
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