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Edward the Confessor Facing Bust Penny, Gloucester

Edward the Confessor (1042-66), silver Penny, facing bust / small cross type (1062-65), variety with extra raised lines connecting small cross to inner circle, Gloucester Mint, Moneyer Lifwine, facing crowned bust to top of coin, Latin legend commences upper right, EADPARD REX A, rev. small cross pattee with linear extensions to inner circle and legend surrounding, +LIFPINE ON GLEPE, weight 0.93g (N.830; S.1183). Toned with some dark patches on obverse and reverse, good very fine and very unusual with the reverse variety and a rare mint.

This unusual variety of the small cross reverse at Gloucester is a rarity though its significance unexplained. The town of Gloucester being used as a Mint for a long period of time from the reign of Alfred the Great until King Henry III, a period of nearly 400 years. The Latin legends translate as "Edward King of the English" and on the reverse "Leofwine of Gloucester" the town being known more fully at this time as Glewece.

Provenance:

Ex Lars Emil Bruun, Sotheby, 18th May 1925, lot 182B

Ex Dr Robin J Eaglen, collection of coins of Edward the Confessor, Baldwin Auction 18, 12th October 1998, lot 1409.

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