1053 Penny – Edward the Confessor


The 1053 Penny - Edward the Confessor

Silver Penny of the Anglo-Saxon King Edward the Confessor, minted around 1053-1056. Pointed Helmet type. Diameter 20mm, weighs 1.33g.

Moneyer is Godwine, at the Lewes mint (East Sussex). SCBC: 1179. BMC VII.

The Obverse shows a bearded bust of the King in a pointed helmet (maybe his crown). Sceptre in right hand with cross on top.

The Reverse is a voided short cross with pellet-in-annulet center and triple crescent ends. Legend: GODPINE ON LÆPI (Moneyer Godwine, Lewes mint).

Coin shown is graded Good VF.

Image credit: CNGCoins.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Provincial mints.
Edward the Confessor (1042-1066)
Classification: Anglo-Saxon Kings of England, House of Wessex

Edward the Confessor is usually considered the last king of the House of Wessex. He succeeded Cnut the Great's son Harthacnut, who was his half-brother, on 8 June 1042 and held his coronation on 3 April 1043 at Winchester Cathedral. He ruled until his death.

Born around 1003–1005 in Islip, Oxfordshire, England, to Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy. He died 5 January 1066 (aged 60–63) and was buried at Westminster Abbey.

Edward was a pious man and was canonised by Pope Alexander III in 1161.
General Description: Penny
The Penny is one of the most famous British coins. The coin itself has been around since 600AD and at various times has been struck in silver, copper and bronze. Originally split into halfpennies and farthing, it is now itself the least denomination coin currently in circulation. Made from copper (actually copper plated steel).

Originally there were 12 pennies in one shilling and 240 pennies in £1; since decimalisation in 1973 there are 100 new pence in one pound.

Specifications of the Penny

  • Diameter: (Bronze) 31 mm (since 1860)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Composition:
    • (1707–1796) Silver
    • (1797–1859) Copper
    • (1860–1970) Bronze
  • Years: 1707–1970
Which Mint: Provincial mints
Not all mints are located in a single place. From the Roman days through to the middle ages it was easier to have local moneyers (trusted people who were allowed to mint coins) rather than make the coins centrally and then have the security and logistics problem of distribution.

There were often dozens of mints, sometimes all making the same coin. The variations and mintmarks are exciting for numismatists, although sometimes it takes an expert to analyse them.

Most English Provincial Mints began to close after 1279 when the Royal Mint opened The Tower Mint (called so as it was housed at the Tower of London), although some continued working for much longer. The central mint gave the King and the Master of the Royal Mint much more control over the production and quality of English coinage.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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UK On eBay UK:
Edward The Confessor Silver Coin.  NEARLY 1000 THOUSAND YEARS OLD
Edward The Confessor Silver Coin. NEARLY 1000 THOUSAND YEARS OLD
£ 800.00
Saxon Edward the Confessor Small Flan type penny  Elfpond on Lvn  S1175
Saxon Edward the Confessor Small Flan type penny Elfpond on Lvn S1175
£ 485.00
Edward The Confessor Hammered Silver Penny PACX Type York
Edward The Confessor Hammered Silver Penny PACX Type York
£ 995.00
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Sovereign / Eagles Type. Winchester Mint.
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Sovereign / Eagles Type. Winchester Mint.
£ 745.00
ANGLO SAXON. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR (1042-1066) SILVER ‘CUT’ HALFPENNY.
ANGLO SAXON. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR (1042-1066) SILVER ‘CUT’ HALFPENNY.
£ 190.00
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Canterbury Mint, Moneyer LIOFþINE.
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Canterbury Mint, Moneyer LIOFþINE.
£ 385.00
Silver Hallmarked 1970s John Pinches Medallion Edward The Confessor 40g
Silver Hallmarked 1970s John Pinches Medallion Edward The Confessor 40g
£ 49.99
2002 Edward the Confessor Golden Jub 1oz Silver Proof Cayman RM $2 Coin Box/COA
2002 Edward the Confessor Golden Jub 1oz Silver Proof Cayman RM $2 Coin Box/COA
£ 59.99

USA On eBay USA:
Edward The Confessor Silver Coin.  NEARLY 1000 THOUSAND YEARS OLD
Edward The Confessor Silver Coin. NEARLY 1000 THOUSAND YEARS OLD
£ 800.00
Saxon Edward the Confessor Small Flan type penny  Elfpond on Lvn  S1175
Saxon Edward the Confessor Small Flan type penny Elfpond on Lvn S1175
£ 485.00
Edward The Confessor Hammered Silver Penny PACX Type York
Edward The Confessor Hammered Silver Penny PACX Type York
£ 995.00
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Sovereign / Eagles Type. Winchester Mint.
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Sovereign / Eagles Type. Winchester Mint.
£ 745.00
ANGLO SAXON. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR (1042-1066) SILVER ‘CUT’ HALFPENNY.
ANGLO SAXON. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR (1042-1066) SILVER ‘CUT’ HALFPENNY.
£ 190.00
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Canterbury Mint, Moneyer LIOFþINE.
Edward The Confessor, 1042-66. Penny, Canterbury Mint, Moneyer LIOFþINE.
£ 385.00
Silver Hallmarked 1970s John Pinches Medallion Edward The Confessor 40g
Silver Hallmarked 1970s John Pinches Medallion Edward The Confessor 40g
£ 49.99
2002 Edward the Confessor Golden Jub 1oz Silver Proof Cayman RM $2 Coin Box/COA
2002 Edward the Confessor Golden Jub 1oz Silver Proof Cayman RM $2 Coin Box/COA
£ 59.99

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