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    A42, Lot 241:

    Electrotype of English hammered coinage. Kings of England. Cnut. 1016-1035. Penny electrotype. 17 mm. BMC type xx. Jewel cross. York (The BMC piece weighs 17.6 grains). Diademed bust left, a scepter in front; + CNVT REX around / A cross of four ovals united within two circles, a pellet in the center; BRVNMΛN ON LVND around. BMC Vol II:467. Plate XIX:4 (this piece illustrated). Also, plate coin for Standard Catalog editions from 1978 until 2007. S. 678 (pre 1978) S. 1163 (current). As made; exceptional toning.


    Electrotypes of Anglo-Saxon and English coins in the British Museum (joined into a double thick single piece). Many were used for the Standard Catalog prior to 2007.


    These double-thick electrotypes of British Museum Anglo-Saxon and English hammered coins are direct copies of pieces in the British Museum and can be seen in the plates of the the two BMC volumes issued in 1887 and 1893: Keary & Poole, A Catalogue of English Coins in the British Museum, Anglo-Saxon Series Volume I, and Grueber & Keary, A Catalogue of English Coins in the British Museum, Anglo-Saxon Series Volume II.


    These copies were used for the production of the reference that has become the standard for English coins, the Spink Standard Catalog. (Prior to 1998 the publication was known as the Seaby Standard Catalog.) Many of the pieces offered here are the pieces photographed for the annual catalogs from the small format 1962 edition until the major revision in the 42nd edition in 2007, when the catalog changed from black and white to color.


    Prior to the larger size publications that began with the much expanded and renumbered 16th edition in 1978, the earlier editions beginning in 1962 were smaller 5 by 7 ½ inch books. Earlier still, prior to 1962 the publications were larger and thinner with drawings rather than photographs illustrating the coins.)


    The electros are apparently extremely rare if not generally unique. I have seen a very few examples of other types in this format being offered but never a duplication of any offered here. (AD)



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