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1087-1100 William II Penny Cross in Quartrefoil Rochester Guthraed

1087-1100 William II Penny Cross in Quartrefoil Rochester Guthraed Obverse

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An exceptionally rare Norman hammered silver Penny of king William the Second, struck at the mint of Rochester by the moneyer Guthhraed at the end of the 11th century. These coins are referred to as the cross in quatrefoil type (BMC 2) for the reverse which shows a cross potent with pellets in the angles, enclosed within a quatrefoil. The moneyers name and the location of the mint are referenced in the legend. The obverse shows a stylised facing bust of the king, holding a sword over his shoulder. The third son of William the Conqueror, William II ruled England between 1087 and his death in mysterious circumstances in 1100. He’s also known as William Rufus, either denoting red hair or a ruddy complexion. A Very Fine example. Spink 1259, North 852.
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Crowned facing bust of William II, holding a sword over his right shoulder. Legend around: '+ PILLELM REX I'.


BMC 2: Cross in quatrefoil type. Cross pattee with annulet in centre, pellet in each angle, all within a quatrefoil, enclosed within a circle. Legend around: '+ GUDRIED ON ROFI'.


VF - A good flan and tone, trifle weak in the legends, portrait better, otherwise Very Fine.


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