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FM18291

Harold II Penny, variety without sceptre, Exeter Mint, Brihtric, AU58

Harold II (6thJan-14thOct 1066),silver Penny, no sceptre variety, Exeter Mint, Moneyer Brihtric, crowned bust left without sceptre, legend and beaded outer circle surrounding, legend commences at top, +HAROLD REX ANGLO, rev. PAX between beaded lines horizontal at centre, beaded circles and legend surrounding, legend commences at upper left +BRHITRIC ON EXEI, weight 1.31g (BMC type 1a; N.836; S.1187).Attractively toned with a decent portrait, has been slabbed and graded by NGC as AU58 and a very rare variety, the finest graded, extremely rare.

NGC Certification 4930815-002.

The reign of King Harold II was shorter than that of the modern British King Edward VIII who famously abdicated and produced no coins for British currency. The coinage of Harold II all have the same "Peace" type reverse and a head and neck bust on the obverse, which can sometimes face right or have the sceptre absent as with this rare example offered herewith. As a type coin of the reign demand for King Harold remains strong, especially since 2016 marked the 950thanniversary of the Battle of Hastings, celebrated by the Royal Mint with the release of a Fifty Pence coin depicting Harold with the arrow in his eye as seen on the Bayeux Tapestry.

The legends translate as "Harold King of the English" on the obverse and "Ulf of Lincoln" on the reverse with "Peace" across the centre.

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