Robert II Curthose (Son of William I) Duchy of Normandy Silver Denier 1087-1106

Denomination: Silver denier (penny)

Period: Medieval

Date: 1087-1106

Origin: Rouen mint, Duchy of Normandy

Condition: Fine for type, very rare

Obverse: Abstract ? Norman cathedral design with pediment above with pellets inside, a cross between, two joined annulets either side, legend around is uncertain 

Reverse: Small cross surrounded by a circle, pellet in each quarter, +NORMANNA

Size and Weight: 18.5mm, 0.95g

References: F. Dumas 'Monnaies Normandes' for Robert attribution

Features and Provenance: Previously from 'London Mint Office' collection

Robert Curthose or Robert II of the Duchy of Normandy ruled as duke from 1087 until 1106. He was the eldest son of William I, the Conqueror, himself Duke of Normandy. He is said to have given his son the nickname Curthose, due to his short stature, and his fractious relationships didn't end there. His brothers played a cruel prank on him, pouring a full chamber-pot over his head. He was so enraged that he raised an army against his father, who by now was king of England. Peace was finally resorted only seven years before William's death in 1087. On the death of his father, Robert became Duke of Normandy but not King of England, this honour was given to his younger brother William Rufus although there was an agreement that Robert would take the throne on the death of his brother. However, as he was away on crusade when this happened, his younger brother Henry took the opportunity to seize the throne instead. Unable to garner sufficient support, Robert was forced to renounce his claim and, ultimately, Henry took control of Normandy too in 1106 and imprisoned Robert for the rest of his life. He died in 1134!


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






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