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YeOldeCollector; Edward the Confessor Jewellery Penny, Group 2.

 

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This coin is an example of Edward the Confessor's "Expanding Cross" penny. All Anglo-Saxon pennies of this era were struck from silver blanks and this is of no exception. However, you should notice that one side is gold in colour, I shall explain why later. The photos really do not do it justice, its slightly wavy flan prevent true photos from being taken by myself.

 

The obverse legend, starting at 12 O'clock, reads "+EDP RDREX" which means King Edward. The obverse depicts a diademed bust facing left with a trefoil-headed sceptre in front.

 

The reverse legend, also starting at 12 O'clock, reads "+GODRICONLVNDE:" which is essentially Godric on Lvnde which signifies that Godric was responsible for minting this coin at London. The reverse features a short voided cross with expanding limbs joined at the base by two circles.

 

 

This coin was made into a brooch, one would suspect it to be contemporary as he marked the end of Anglo-Saxon reign it seems unlikely that the Norman reign would have seen such actions. I suspect that it was done by someone of wealth as it would be have been rather expensive to get something made of solid silver to be coated on one side in gold and then to have two silver pins put through the reverse all by hand. Bearing in mind that the two silver pins would most likely have been connected by a silver bar clasp then this is a high status symbol of wealth. Perhaps a nobleman or a very wealthy merchant would have worn such an item to display the wealth. As the reverse is gilded and the king's portrait is facing the wearer and not on display, one can assume that it was not worn as some sort of monarch-support badge like we see in the Cromwellian/Charles civil war of the 17th Century.

 

These brooches really are quite scarce and one like this is even more so as it still has its original pins and the coin shows very little wear if any. The level of detail remaining is literally as if it has just left the mint with the gilding reducing the relief somewhat.

 

A coin that is not too far off one thousand years old is nothing special as they can be quite easy to acquire. A coin of that age of English origin makes it a little scarcer but to have something of that age with the social ideology intertwined with the history is something that I find exceptionally impressive. I want to know who made it, who owned it, how it was lost and why was it made. I cannot help but wonder what sort of person last wore it as it sits on the palm of a hand the 21st Century, glistening in the light.

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YeOldeCollector; William the Conqueror Penny, Group 2.

 

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This particular William the Conqueror penny was minted at Bristol mint by the moneyer Beorhtweard. The reverse reads BRIHTPORD ON BRI. Now, 6,500 William I pennies were found in one hoard alone and there must be thousands more in collections so it is most surprising that less than fifty coins of William I are known for Bristol mint. That is less than fifty coins from all his types, not just the Paxs. Therefore this penny is quite scarce given the lack of apparent Bristol pence. The reverse features a short cross pattée with PAXS within its limbs.

 

The obverse features William's draped bust with arm and hand holding a sceptre which is spread across his breast. Reading PILLELM REX, i.e. King William. This is my favourite William I Penny, Paxs issue. Beorhtweard on the scarce mint of Bristol. Not far off as-struck condition and measuring just under 2cm in diameter or about 3/4 of an inch.

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YeOldeCollector; Edward III Gold Quarter Noble, Group 2.

 

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Edward III Quarter Noble of the Transitional Treaty Period with France which secured Calais as a trading post for the English. This coin is made of solid gold and was minted at London mint. The obverse features a decorative shield with fleurs-de-lis in two quarters and heraldic leopards in the other two.

 

The reverse features radiating limbs with a plethora of heraldic symbols. This really is a piece of art and is something which is a true status symbol when compared to many other coins of the period.

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Saor Alba Edward III Nobel ca. 1364-5:

 

Edward III Nobel ca 1364-5 S-1502

 

A bit of Anglish booty from south of Hadrian's wall, this Edward III nobel was minted ca. 1364-5 during the brief period of peace while a treaty betwixt the English and French were not slaughtering each other in France. This is reflected on this noble, as it bears Edward III's English and Irish titles, but not the French as were on the previous and subsequent coinages.

 

Whilst contemporary coinages of England and Europe were rather crude and unattractive, these nobles and their fractions were inspired by the gold coinages in Italy, notably Fiorenza(Florence) and England had to best them with this attractive and inspirational piece that would further inspire Scottish coinage during the time.

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bill; Denier of Blois; Group 2

 

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Rare denier of Blois, France. 940-950 A.D. Minimalist portrait of an idealized king. In time, them image became increasing abstract until the notion of representing a portrait was lost entirely.

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Sylvester; Henry II (1154-1189) English Penny; Group 2 - Medievel 500AD-1500

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Sylvester; Edward I (1272-1307) English Penny; Group 2 - Medievel 500AD-1500

http://www.omnicoin.com/coins/902499.jpg

 

 

Sylvester; Henry VI 1422 English Groat; Group 2 - Medievel 500AD-1500

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josemartins; D. Fernando (1367-1383) - Pilarte Coroado - Porto Mint (Portugal); Group 2 - Medievel 500AD-1500

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josemartins; D. Joao I (1385-1433) - Real Branco (Portugal); Group 2 - Medievel 500AD-1500

http://www.omnicoin.com/coins/977165.jpg

 

 

josemartins; D. Afonso V (1438-1481) - Espadim (Portugal); Group 2 - Medievel 500AD-1500

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