Canute (1016-35), Penny, Short cross type (c.1029-35/36), London Mint, moneyer Wynsige, diademed bust left with lis tipped sceptre, legend surrounding, CNVT RECX. Rev, voided short cross, within linear circle and legend surrounding, reads +PYNSIGE ON LVN, 0.70g (S.1159; N.790; BMC XVI; SCBI 9 [Ashmoleon], 718; SCBI 14 [Copenhagen, Part IIIb], 3053-62).
Fully centred strike, brightly toned with a perfect mix of slate grey and apricot gold mint lustre evenly distributed across the flan, on both sides. Portrait, both profile, King’s hair and lower drapery all distinct, legends and sceptre superb. At 5 o’clock an indentation in the metal, an irregular flan as opposed to a conventional chip; under closer examination the border lip or rim pushed slightly into the field, all within the initial strike. Reverse, superb with one minute area of weakness on the first left crossbar of the short cross. Extremely fine with only the slightest of weak spots.