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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 24, June 17, 2007, Article 31

CNUT PENNY: RARE OR NOT?

Timothy Cook writes: "I am not sure if I missed something or not on
the article on the Cnut penny of Thetford. I am a very poor collector
of English hammered coins and if I am able to afford five coins from
the mint, three of them from Cnut, then I am not sure how the one
they are exhibiting is rare. If it is some rare kind of variety it
sure would have been nice if the article mentioned that. I am even
of the opinion that the Thetford mint is one of the more common mints.
If you look at the new Seaby/Spink catalogue you will notice that
the Thetford mint is the one of the cheapest you can get.

[The popular press and even museums typically have little knowledge
of the relative rarity of numismatic items, often equating "very old"
with "very rare".  So it may be a common item.  They also tend to
overlook key numismatic facts because they don't understand their
significance.  If the penny's lender identified it as a particularly
rare variety that detail may have gotten overlooked in the translation
to the newspaper article.  So maybe it's a rare item after all, but
that article doesn’t reflect that. Unfortunately, there's no way
to tell from the newspaper article.  -Editor]

To see Timothy Cook's Thetford pennies, see"
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 PENNY OF ANGLO-SAXON KING CNUT DISPLAYED
 esylum_v10n23a28.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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