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Richard II Halfpenny

Richard II (1377-99), silver Halfpenny, London Mint, intermediate style, facing crowned bust within beaded circle, legend surrounding, +RICARD'x REX xx AnGL, rev. long cross pattee, trio of pellets in each inner angle, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, CIVI TAS LOn DOn, weight 0.47g (Withers type Ia(iii); N.1331b; S.1699). Dark tone, with some weakness in legend, a little off centre on reverse, otherwise with a good portrait, good very fine.

The Latin legends translate as "Richard, King of the English" on the obverse, and on the reverse "The City of London."

Provenance:

Ex Archbishop Sharp Collection, part II, Morton and Eden, 7th December 2017, lot 110 part.

Archbishop John Sharp (1644-1714), the Archbishop of York from 1691 till 1714 collected coins and medals commencing circa 1687 when Rector of St Giles in the Fields, London. His "observations on the English Coinage" written to Ralph Thoresby in 1698-99 were still circulating in manuscript form nearly 90 years later when finally published in 1785.

The Collection passed down the Sharp family with part I sold at Sotheby in 1977.

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