Longshanks Edward I Silver Halfpenny, 1279-1289
Denomination: Silver halfpenny
Origin: London mint
Condition: Almost very fine/very fine, the legend has unbarred 'A's and the strike is central on a full flan
Obverse: Crowned facing bust of Edward, legend EDW R ANGL DNS HYB
Reverse: Long cross, three pellets in each quarter, CIVI TAS LON DON
Size and Weight: 15mm, 0.62g
References: Sear 1431 or 1433A
Features and Provenance: Edward I, also known as Edward 'Longshanks' due to his tall staturs 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.
The former also became known as the "Hammer of the Scots" having put pay to armies at Carlisle, Berwick and Dunbar. He also brought an end to the aspirations of William Wallace when he was turned over by his own people.
This reign 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' which was 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 inbetween
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: 20120704
- Availability: Sold