Harold II PAX Penny, Lincoln, moneyer Ulf

Harold II PAX Penny, Lincoln, moneyer Ulf

Harold II (6th Jan-14th Oct 1066), silver Penny, Lincoln Mint, Moneyer Ulf, crowned bust left with sceptre, legend and beaded outer circle surrounding, legend commences at top, +HAROLD REX ANGL rev. PAX between beaded lines horizontal at centre, beaded circles and legend surrounding, legend commences at upper left +VLF ON LINCOLNEF, weight 1.29g (N.836; S.1186). Toned, flan a little undulating, a little off-centre and weaker on reverse, with a good portrait and with the most fullest reading of the Mint town name of Lincoln, otherwise good very fine.

The reign of King Harold II was shorter than that of the modern British King Edward VIII who famously abdicated and produced no coins for British currency. The coinage of Harold II all have the same "Peace" type reverse and a head and neck bust on the obverse, which can sometimes face right or have the sceptre absent. As a type coin of the reign demand for King Harold remains strong, especially since 2016 marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, celebrated by the Royal Mint with the release of a Fifty Pence coin depicting Harold with the arrow in his eye as seen on the Bayeux Tapestry.


The legends translate as "Harold King of the English" on the obverse and "Ulf of Lincoln" on the reverse with "Peace" across the centre.


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