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Edward III, half groat

This is the third coin from a group of eleven sent in by Jamie New. It’s a London halfgroat of Edward III, which is weakly struck in a number of places.

The initial mark on the obverse isn’t altogether clear but I can see enough of it to say it is a cross pattee. The legend has flat areas but in a couple of places I can see an annulet as a punctuation mark. With the characteristics just mentioned this coin will have been struck during the fourth coinage of the pre-treaty period and will belong to series E. In the Standard Catalogue halfgroats of this type are listed as number 1576.


It’s a pity about the weak areas but this halfgroat is still good enough for a collector to pay at least £30 for it.

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