1087-1100 Penny – William II


The 1087-1100 Penny - William II

Silver Penny of William II, struck between 1087 and 1100. This is the BMC type 2, cross in quatrefoil type. SCBC: 1259.

The mint is said to be Ilchester (near Yeovil, Somerset, England). moneyer Lifwine.

The Obverse shows a bust facing front, with a sword being carried over the right shoulder.

The Reverse shows a cross in quatrefoil. A quatrefoil is a decorative element of four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter,

Image credit: American Numismatic Society


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Provincial mints.
William II (1087-1100)
Classification: House of NORMANDY, NORMAN KINGS.

William II was the third son of William the Conqueror, born sometime between 1056 and 1100 in Normandy, France. William became King on 26 September 1087 after his Father's death.

William II was also known as William Rufus. Rufus is Latin for red, the nickname coming from either red hair or a ruddy complexion.

William died on 2 August 1100, in an alleged hunting accident near Brockenhurst in the New Forest, Hampshire.
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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NO-KFTQ - WILLIAM II - Voided-Cross Penny, RARE+ and affordable.
NO-KFTQ - WILLIAM II - Voided-Cross Penny, RARE+ and affordable.
£ 750.00
(51) King William II (1087-1100), Cross Voided Type Penny Solid Sterling Silver
(51) King William II (1087-1100), Cross Voided Type Penny Solid Sterling Silver
£ 15.00
TWO 1699 WILLIAM III & 1752 GEORGE II HALF PENNIES IN A USED FAIR CONDITION
TWO 1699 WILLIAM III & 1752 GEORGE II HALF PENNIES IN A USED FAIR CONDITION
£ 40.00
14 Evasion? Half Pennies,  William III, George 1,II, & III, as shown.
14 Evasion? Half Pennies, William III, George 1,II, & III, as shown.
£ 95.00
Great Britain 1697 Coin - William III
Great Britain 1697 Coin - William III
£ 18.00
1600s 1700s Farthing 1/2 Penny Charles II William III George II 5 Coin 22022001R
1600s 1700s Farthing 1/2 Penny Charles II William III George II 5 Coin 22022001R
£ 86.61
1882 Netherlands Bronze 1 Cent Coin Extra Fine Circulated William II Ruler
1882 Netherlands Bronze 1 Cent Coin Extra Fine Circulated William II Ruler
£ 5.18
(21) King William II (1087-1100 ), Fleury Type Penny Souvenir Sterling Silver
(21) King William II (1087-1100 ), Fleury Type Penny Souvenir Sterling Silver
£ 15.00

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