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Penny of Edward II

Peter Vernon sent in this coin on behalf of a detecting colleague. It could easily have been dismissed as just another ‘Edy penny’ of Canterbury but it is actually quite out-of-the-ordinary.

The obverse is of the standard type for Edward I-II and so is the reverse. However, the feature that sets it apart is the letter A in EDWAR and ANG in the obverse legend. Instead of being the usual type it is the special shape used only during Edward II class 11c.

This penny is actually a mule, combining a class 11c obverse die with an 11b reverse die. As such it is far rarer than most other pennies of Edward II. Therefore, do check with care your Edwardian penny finds, for some relatively minor features can turn what appears to be a common coin into a rarity.

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