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Edward the Confessor Sovereign Type Penny, York

Edward the Confessor (1042-66), silver Penny, Sovereign / Eagles type (1056-59), York Mint, Moneyer Spartcol, King seated on throne with head turned to right, holding orb and long handled sceptre, Latin legend surrounding, commences upper right, EDPARD X ANGLOR, rev. short voided cross, eagle or raven in each angle, one quarter with annulet, linear circles and Latin legend surrounding, +SPARTCOL ON EFR, weight 1.33g (N.827; S.1181). Boldly struck with light toning, slight ghosting on obverse field of annulet on reverse, almost extremely fine.

Most of the coins of Edward the Confessor carry the additional annulet on the reverse when minted at York. 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 Dix, Noonan and Webb, 11th December 2002, lot 106

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