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The Silver Coins of England

Edward Hawkins, 1841
Sole Monarchs of England - Harold II

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Harold II., 1066.

Harold II. succeeded upon the death of Eadward, 1066, and reigned only nine months, being slain at the battle of Hastings. His coins are nevertheless numerous, nearly 100 varieties of moneyets' names having been discovered upon them. The reverse bears the names, both of mint and moneyer, and the type always consists of the word PAX written across the field.

The correctness of the appropriation of these coins to this Harold is unquestionable, from the close resemblance of the head to that of the conqueror (233), and from the circumstance of their having been twice found in parcels which contained no other coins except those of Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror; at Dychurch in Romney Marsh in 1739, and near St. Mary Hill church, London in 1774. See Archaeol. vol. iv. p. 356. He is styled Rex Anglorum at greater or less length. His coins weight something less than 22 gr.

The king's head is represented with profile to the left, corwned, with a sceptre. (230). Rud. xxvi. 3. MB.

Similar head without sceptre. (231). Rud. xxvi. 1, 2. MB. 7. RASHLEIGH.

Similar head to the right, with sceptre. The word PAX on the reverse is written retrograde. (232). MB. 1. unique?

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