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1066-1087 William I Hammered Silver Penny PAXS Winchcombe

1066-1087 William I Hammered Silver Penny PAXS Winchcombe Obverse

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A very rare hammered silver PAXS Penny of William I: commonly known as ‘the Conqueror’ or, sometimes, ‘the Bastard’. The obverse shows a diademed facing bust of the king, his right arm across his chest, hand clutching a sceptre that terminates in a cross. The reverse shows a cross pattée with annulets in the angles. Within these annulets are the letters of the word ‘PAXS’ which lends this type its name. After his victory over Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings and his suppression of subsequent English revolts, William I took over an extensive network of Anglo-Saxon mints, including one operating from Winchcombe: today a market town near Cheltenham in the Cotswolds. 17 coin types were struck at Winchcombe from the reign of king Edgar the Peaceful (959-975) through to the end of William I’s reign in 1087. This example is of the last type struck at this provincial mint by the moneyer Goldwine, late in the Conqueror’s reign. BMC viii, North 848, Spink 1257.
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Obverse

Crowned and diademed facing bust of William I with sceptre to the right, right arm and hand across his chest and to the edge of the coin.

Reverse

Circle with cross pattée within, each angle contains annulets with letters for 'PAXS'. Legend around '+GOLDPINE ON PINC'.

Grade

GF/VF - Dark tone, good metal and a full flan, obverse weak in areas but overall Good Fine with reverse much stronger.

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