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H4353 – The Kingdom of the East Saxons, 'Female Centaur' type, (c. A.D. 730 - c. A.D. 740), Secondary Series, Silver Sceat or Sceatta (Penny), 1.08g., Series S, possible mint sites at Tilbury (Essex) or Royston (Hetfordshire), winged centaur advancing left, with large breasts, looking right, rev., four wolf heads in a anti-clock-wise whirl (N.121: S.831), good very fine, very rare. $795 SOLD
This uniquely East Saxon type has been associated with the joint East Saxon rulers Saelred (c.709-746) and Swaefbert (c.715-738). It has been suggested that the inspiration for this extremely imaginative type can be found in the Sphinx on a silver unit of the pre-Roman king Cunobelin (S.313: V.2057). Whatever the inspiration the die cutter was able to conjure up a very vivid image from the early English imagination.