Rare Richard III Silver Penny, Archbishop Rotherham, York Mint, 1483-1485

Denomination: Silver penny

Period: House of York

Date: 1483-1485

Origin: York mint, Archbishop Rotherham

Condition: Fine, clipped, but portrait and T and partial key visible by head, good for type

Obverse: Crowned head facing, T to left of neck and upright key to right, RICARD DI GRA REX 

Reverse: Long cross with three pellets in each quarter, quatrefoil to centre, CIVI TAS EBO RACI (York)

Size and Weight: 12.5mm, 0.48g

References: S2166, N1686

Features and Provenance: The boar's head or rose mint mark is not visible due to clipping, nor is the king's name, but the T and upright key by the neck and quatrefoil on the reverse indicate this to be one of the most sought after coins in history.

What most people know about Richard III they probably erroneously know from the Shakespeare play, even if they have never seen the play! His story has come to the fore more recently when his skeletal remains were discovered in a car park in Leicester, UK, the site of his burial at the Greyfriars Church. He has been accused of murdering his two nephews to protect his throne; he was a main player in the 'War of the Roses' and he became the last king from the House of York and his demise saw the end the Plantagenet dynasty. He died at the Battle of Bosworth, at the age of 32, having lost the support of his nobles. Examination of his remains proved that he died from multiple stab and hack wounds and the story tells of his dead naked body being slung over a horse where he received further humiliating blows. By all accounts made at the time he was a a good king when it came to the making of laws, but whether he was guilty of all the other accusations, may never be fully know. His remains were re-buried in Leicester Cathedral.


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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