Edward Longshanks Silver Long Cross Penny London Mint, after 1279
Denomination: Silver penny
Date: After 1279
Origin: London mint, class 3f
Condition: Fine, darkly toned, small striking crack at 8 o'clock
Obverse: Crowned bust of king facing, legend around, +EDWR ANGL' DNS hYB
Reverse: Long cross with three pellets in each quarter, legend around CIVI TAS LON DON
Size and Weight: 20mm, 1.26g
References: Spink 1392
Features and Provenance: Found Amington, Staffordshire.
Edward I, also known as Edward 'Longshanks' due to his tall stature, was king of England from 1272 to 1307. During his reign there was constant unrest with the chieftains of Wales, as a result, Edward built many castles in Wales as strongholds. Such wonderful castles as Harlech, Rhuddlan, Conwy and Caernarvon were constructed or rebuilt. His first wife, Eleanor of Castile seemingly gave birth in nearly all of them, having sixteen children in all; sadly, only seven survived to adulthood. Edward also became known as the 'Hammer of the Scots' for having put pay to armies at Carlisle, Berwick and Dunbar. He brought an end to the aspirations of William Wallace when he was betrayed by his own people.
This reign also saw the first appearance of the halfpenny, previously it had been merely a penny cut in half, which was not particularly secure, leading to 'clipping', the practice of cutting off small pieces of silver and hoarding the clippings.
Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in 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
- Product Code: 21030520
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