||Kings of All England. ?thelred II (978-1016) Penny c.991-97, Exeter mint, North-770, S-1148, Edric as moneyer, MS61 NGC. Obv. + ??ELRED REX ?NGLOX, bare-headed bust left, a scepter held in front. Rev.? + EDRIC M-O E?XE, voided short cross with C R V X in angles. Luster is just visible beneath the thick olive patina on this example. The strike is even and well-centered on a good flan with a minor flaw at 11 o'clock and a peckmark just above the scepter. ?thelred is notorious as the first English king to agree to pay the Danegeld, the result being that a large proportion of extant Anglo-Saxon pence of this period were recovered in Scandinavia rather than England.
Realized $763.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.