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William I of Scotland Short Cross Cut Half Penny 1165-1214

Denomination: Silver cut half penny

Period: Reign of William I

Date: 1165-1214

Origin: Roxburgh mint

Condition: AVF, penny cut in half to act as half penny

Obverse: Crowned bust facing left with sceptre, WILLE[MVS REX]

Reverse: Voided short cross with stars in the four quarters, +hVE[WALTER RO] Walter possibly moneyer

Size and Weight: 19mm

References: Sear (CofSI) 5032

Features and Provenance: William came to the throne in 1165. In 1174 he was captured by the English and his lands and castles were confiscated. It was not until Richard the Lionheart needed money for the Crusades that he sold back the independence of Scotland to William. The coinage echoes that of England and only pennies were issued. To allow for smaller denominations the coins were cut up by the mint to give half and quarter pennies. He was also posthumously known as the 'Lion', not for his valour, but as he changed the Scottish arms from a dragon to a lion rampant.


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






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