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    Saxon England. Wessex. Alfred the Great. 871-899 AD. Penny, 1.32g (3h). Canterbury. Obv: REX ELFRED Diademed bust of Alfred right. Rx: MON / +WINE / ETA in three lines. North 625. L&M group 2. Sear 1057. Rare and among the finest known. Mint State.

    Alfred the Great, king of Wessex, issued his initial coinage as a portrait issue in joint style with his ally, Burgred of Mercia, as they together fought against the Viking Great Army. The Vikings had already conquered the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Northumbria and East Anglia, sacrificing their kings to their god Wodan. Burgred lost half his kingdom and ultimately fled England altogether for Rome. Initially defeated, Alfred kept up a long-running guerilla war against the Danes and eventually won a signal victory at Edington in 878. Alfred's first coinage was problematic, often being struck in debased and brittle metal. This example, well struck in good metal, is one of the finest known of this important issue.

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