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BM02940

Edward the Confessor Penny York, pyramids type

Edward the Confessor (1042-66), silver Penny, pyramids type (1065-66), York Mint, Moneyer Thor, crowned King right, holding sceptre, bust to edge of coin, legend in Latin commences lower left, +EADPARD REX, rev. annulet at centre of voided cross within linear circle, pellet topped from inner circle in each angle, one angle with annulet only, Latin legend surrounding, +ÐORR ON EOFRPIEC, weight 1.37g (N.831; S.1184). Toned a bold very fine.

The Latin legends translate as "Edward King " on obverse and on the reverse "Thorr of York."

With a nice full Mint town reading, this coin carries an annulet on the reverse which was a typical feature of York at this time when most of the coins of Edward the Confessor carry the additional annulet on the reverse. Minting activity commenced perhaps with the Archbishops of York who were established from 753, but with more certainty when the City became a Viking stronghold in the north of England with the Danish occupation from 867, later passing to the Hiberno Norse Kings of Dublin from 927. Burning and occupation between English and Danish continued until a more settled time of dual occupation from 1069 onwards. The Latin legends translate as "Edward King of the English" and on the reverse "Spartcol of York" a Viking name.

Provenance:

Ex Spink Coin Auction, 6th October 2004, lot 385.

Purchased from A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd, Summer 2006.

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