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Plantagenet Coins – Richard II Silver Farthing – 1377-99


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Header: Plantagenet Coins – Richard II Silver Farthing – 1377-99 RARE

Denomination: Silver farthing

Period: Plantagenet

Date: 1377-1399

Origin: London mint

Condition: VF, for type

Obverse: Crowned facing bust, no neck, +RICARD REX ANGL

Reverse: Long cross with three pellets in each quarter, CIVI TAS LON DON

Size and Weight: 10mm. 0.31g

References: S1703, N 1335

Features and Provenance: Richard was born in Bordeaux, France in 1367, his father was Edward ‘the Black Prince’. He became king at the age of 10 but was too young to take full responsibility of the post, so his uncle, John of Gaunt was his aid. He did quell an uprising during the ‘Peasant’s Revolt’ in 1381 and for that gained the people’s admiration. After struggling with mental health issues, he was forced to abdicate but conspirators imprisoned him in Pontefract Castle, where he died in 1400.

The small nature of this coin, although useful as a usable denomination, caused it to be easily lost and is subsequently rare.

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear. all parts of legend etc present. visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief. all parts of legend etc present. but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible


Additional information

Weight50 g


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