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English Medieval - Edward I - Unique Double Obverse Penny Trial Piece

Coins - English Medieval


LOT 225

Estimate
GBP (£) 400 - 500
EUR (€) 470 - 590
USD ($) 500 - 620

Opening Bid: £1 (EUR 1; USD 1)
ENGLISH MEDIEVAL - EDWARD I - UNIQUE DOUBLE OBVERSE PENNY TRIAL PIECE

1282-1289 AD. Long Cross penny, Class 4a3. Crowned facing bust with +EDW' R ANGL' DNS HYB legends. Struck on a copper-alloy English jeton blank (the reverse showing the central dimple typically seen on jetons) using two separate obverse dies, one of which shows signs of considerable wear. The purpose of this object remains uncertain but it seems likely that the more worn of the two obverse dies used served as the 'reverse' when striking. A possible trial piece - or a 'piece de plaisir'? A unique item that also seems to provide physical proof for the use of jeton blanks (and the striking of jetons?) at the mint. The use of coin die punches in making jeton dies has long been appreciated following the studies of Jeffrey North. Unique 1.42 grams. Good very fine or better and fully patinated with the full extent of the coin dies being visible; about as struck, uncleaned with some dirt adhering to the surfaces.

Provenance
Found near Canterbury, 2009.

Literature
For the obverse type: S. 1394; N. 1023.

Date
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH

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