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Numismatics International’s Coin Spotlight:
ENGLAND - William I (The Conqueror) 1066 - 1087 A.D. Silver Penny
On the death of Edward the Confessor, the King of England in 1066, a council of senior nobles proclaimed Harold II as the next King. Harold II was the last of the House of Wessex, the House of Alfred the Great who had originally unified most of the regions of England (871 - 899). Unfortunately for Harold two other claimants for the throne were preparing plans to unseat him, both came from overseas. Harold Hardrada, King of Norway, landed a force near York which forced Harold II of England to march has army north. The Battle of Stamford Bridge was a clear victory with Harold Hardrada being killed. William, Duke of Normandy, and also of Norse heritage, shortly landed his large force further south in Kent making it imperative that Harold quickly lead his exhausted army south. The famous Battle of Hastings ended with Harold II being killed and William I becoming King of England, he quickly set about making his mark on England with ruthless efficiency. Around seventy mints were established in William's new Kingdom, all hammering out tons of good silver pennies of eight different types. They all featured a cross type theme on the reverse that aided in cutting the pennies into 'halfpennies' and 'farthings.'
The penny shown here stands a good chance of having been struck in London or Canterbury and shows an image of William I, crowned, bust facing with sceptre, the identifying legend as +PILLELM REX. The reverse is the PAXS type (Br.VIII), where those letters clearly appear at angles in the circles dividing the cross pattee. As usual the letters appear somewhat unclear except in the scarce examples that were well struck and well preserved. This silver penny is about 20 mm in diameter and is cataloged in Spink's Coins of England & The United Kingdom as S1257.
The NI Bulletin:
The September/October 2018 edition of the NI Bulletin is now available on this website for members to download. The September/October 2018 NI Bulletin includes the following articles:
- The 1630 Redondo of Potosi, by Cayon Subastas
- The Royal Misnomer for Spanish American Cobs Including Supplement on Galanos by Glenn Murray, by Herman Blanton
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