Edward II Coin – Silver Long Cross Penny – Durham 1307-27


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Header: Edward II Coin – Silver Long Cross Penny – Durham 1307-27

Denomination: Silver long cross penny

Period: Plantagenets

Date: 1307-1327

Origin: Durham mint, probably class 11

Condition: AVF, good portrait for type, weak strike in parts, irregular flan shape

Obverse: Crowned facing bust. legend around +EDWAR R A[NGL] DNS hYB

Reverse: Long cross with three pellets in each angle. legend around CIVI TAS DVN ELM

Size and Weight: 19mm, 1.26g

References: Spink 1469

Features and Provenance: Edward was born in 1284 as the fourth son of Edward I at Caernarvon Castle in Wales and was the first English prince to be given the title Prince of Wales. Indeed, his nickname was Edward of Caernarvon, but it could have been much worse. He is considered to one of England’s most woeful kings, and by the standards or the day, he was, where military ability was concerned utterly woeful, particularly at jousting. Edward disliked these pursuits and made no attempt to rule or be liked by the people but used his money to amuse himself, indulging his male favourites and preferred learning how to thatch, row and farm.

Despite his homosexuality, he managed to father four children with Isabella of France; she was later to despise him and become an opponent. As a weak king he lost power to the Barons, was defeated by Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn and with everyone finally against him, he was deposed, imprisoned in January 1327 and died in the October in mysterious circumstances. Tales of an awful death by red-hot poker or hot coals inserted into the anus have never been substantiated and contemporary chronicles indeed, make no mention of how he died, but great myths stick.

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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