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EM14205

Anglo Gallic, Edward II, Maille Blanche, with Irish title

Anglo-Gallic, Edward II (1307-27), silver Maille Blanche, Hibernie issue titled as Lord of Ireland, cross pattée within twin concentric circle, +ED': REX AnGLIE, outer legend +BNDICTV: SIT: HOME: DHI: nRI, the T with annulet at centre of crossbar, double annulet stops both sides, rev. Aquitanian castle with embattled towers, three pellets below, legend immediately surrounding, +DnS: hIBERnIE, outer tressure around of nine arches each containing a trefoil leaf, weight 1.66g (AGC 22A dies 3/b; Elias 32; S.8026). Yellowish green tone, two weak areas otherwise about very fine and rare.

The Latin legends translate as on the inner obverse legend "Edward King of England" and in the outer "Blessed be the name of the Lord," and on the reverse "Lord or Ireland."

This issue with the Irish title was that struck in the Tower of London in 1326 by order of Edward II who had just recommenced governing the Duchy, as his son Edward (later Edward III) who had recently become the Duke of Aquitaine, had refused to return to England in the light of his wife being found guilty of treason. Therefore, legally Edward II was no longer Duke of Aquitaine and so the tile Lord of Ireland was put upon to fill the space on this interesting issue of coin. Not a relevant title to the region but adequate. The Maille Blanche was withdrawn from circulation from 22nd July 1330.

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