An Historical Account of English Money, 3rd Edition

Stephen Martin Leake, Esq, 1793
Edward II

 

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Edward II. A.D. 1307.

[Note: Original spelling style has not been preserved in this transcription. f is rendered in the modern s, etc. ie, Majefty and Reverfe are presented as Majesty and Reverse resepectively.]

Neither our histories nor laws affording us any information touching the Coins of this King some have doubted whether he coined any Money; but considering that no Prince ever came to the crown in more favourable circumstances (however unfortunate he proved afterwards) it is hardly supposed, in a reign of near twenty years, the mints should stand still, especially those of the Bishops and Abbots; for in the first year of his reign, we find the King's letters directed [Rymer, tom. 3, p. 81.] to Everico de Friscombald, [Enerico?] whom he had appointed keeper of his Exchange at Canterbury, confirming to the Archbishop of that see, the ancient privilege of having three minters and three mints, and to coin Money in the said city. And in the twentieth and last year of his reign, the inhabitants of Bury [Stow's Annals, p. 228.] besieged the abbey, and bore out all the gold, &c. with the assay of their Coin, stamps, and all other things pertaining to their mint; which stamps could be no other than this King Edward's, unless we can suppose he made use of his father's stamps for Money, as he did his great seal, [Sandford's Genealogical Hist. p. 265. Notes.] to which he only added a castle on each side of the throne for distinction. We have indeed only a probable conjecture to know their Coins from each other, as was observed under the former reign, according to which rule, those with the name EDWA. EDWAR. or EDWARD, but most commonly EDWA. are placed to this Edward, in all other respects like his father's. CIVITAS LONDON. CANTOR. DVREME. DVNELM, or DVRREM. VILLA SCI EDMVNDI. BEREWICI, &C.

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