Penny of Edward III

This hammered silver penny came in from Colin Pearson. It’s not a rarity but it is at least a bit unusual.

On the obverse the legend reads +EDWARDVS REX ANGL Z F; the Z is a version of a 7 and the F stands for France. On the reverse is a CIVI TAS EBO RACI legend but there is no quatrefoil in the centre of the cross pattee. All this adds up to the penny being a coin of Edward III, which was struck during series E of the fourth coinage at the royal mint at York.

Lots of pennies were made at York during the reign of Edward III but the majority were struck at the archbishop’s mint and they have a quatrefoil on the reverse. The royal mint was in operation for only a short period between 1352 and 1355.

Colin’s find is slightly double struck but is otherwise a decent specimen of the reign and type.

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