Rare William I Silver Two Star Type Penny, Wallingford Mint, Brandr Moneyer 1066-1087

£1,500.00

Product Code:23070404

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Description

Denomination: Silver penny

Period: Norman

Date: 1066-1087

Origin: Wallingford mint. Brandr moneyer

Condition: VF+ slight crease to centre. nice tone

Obverse: Facing crowned and diademed bust between two stars. PILLEM REX AN

Reverse: Cross botonnee over quadrilateral with incurved sides. annulet in centre. +BRAND ON PALN

Size and Weight: 19.5mm. 1.37g

References: N845; Spink 1254; SCBI Ashmolean 94. same reverse die

Features and Provenance Comes with old packet stating from the Scaldwell Hoard c1912

A descendant of the Viking ruler Rollo. William I was born in about 1028 to Robert I. Duke of Normandy and his mistress. Herleva. leading to one of his epithets ‘the bastard’.The young Duke’s power gradually grew and by 1062 his territories in France had greatly expanded. William claimed that he had been promised the English throne by the heirless Edward the Confessor but. upon Edward’s death. the throne passed to Earl Harold Godwinson.

With the support of the Pope. William invaded England and successfully took the throne in 1066. gaining him his other epithet ‘the conqueror’. There was natural unrest and revolts broke out across the country. William quelled these by force. most infamously with the scorched earth policy of the ‘harrying of the North’ in 1069 to 1070. William’s legacy also includes the commissioning of the Domesday Book in 1086 and the construction of castles and keeps. most famously the White Tower of the Tower of London. He spent little time in England and never mastered the language. He died of a riding injury in Rouen in 1087.  

The use of stars on this coin is considered to be William’s way of reinforcing his right to rule by divine intervention. as Halley’s comet was seen that year in April 1066.

 

 

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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