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Edward the Confessor Expanding Cross type Penny Wilton mint

Edward the Confessor (1042-66), silver Penny, expanding cross type (1050-53), lighter issue, Wilton Mint, Moneyer Thurcil, diademed bust left with sceptre, bust to bottom of coin, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, +EDPE RD REX, rev. annulet at centre of cross with expanding limbs, circle at inner base of angles, all within linear circle, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, +ÐVRCIL ON PILTV, weight 1.05g (N.820; S.1176). Flan a little undulating, lightly toned, good very fine to almost extremely fine and rare this nice.

The Latin legends translate as "Edward King of the English" on obverse and "Thurcil of Wilton" on the reverse.

The Wilton Mint then known as "Wiltune" near Salisbury, had fourteen moneyer names featured on the known coins from this period of time, and was in operation from the time of Edgar to Henry II with one last bout of activity in the reign of Henry III, a period of nearly 300 years. The town was burnt by Swein in 1003 so minting ceased for a long period until circa 1020.

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