1121 Penny – Henry I


The 1121 Penny - Henry I

Silver Penny of Henry I, struck about 1121. London Mint, moneyer Raulf. Diameter 19mm and weight 1.39g. SCBC 1274.

The Obverse shows a crowned bust facing left holding a sceptre.

The Reverse is a lozenge with incurved sides. Star at center with fleur at each end. Trefoil in quarters. Inscription 'RAPVL F : O N  LVNDE' is the moneyer Raulf from London.

Graded as Good VF.

Images used by permission of CNGCoins.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Provincial mints.
Remember 1121 ?
Monarch is Henry I. On 24 January, Henry I marries Adeliza of Louvain at Windsor Castle. Reading Abbey founded by Henry I.
Henry I (1100-1135)
Classification: Norman Kings

Henry was born in Selby, Yorkshire in 1068, the fourth son of WIlliam I. His elder brothers ruled Normandy and England, and for a while Henry was landless. Eventually he built his power and after the death of William II in 1100 became King Henry I, and ruled until his death in Normandy, France on 1 December 1135 (aged 66–67).

Henry I was thought of as harsh but a competent King. Although Henry had at least 24 illegitimate children by various mistresses, when his only legitimate son died, Henry remarried in the hope of another son and heir, but when that failed he tried to leave the throne to his only daughter, Matilda. That didn't work out and Henry was succeeded by his nephew, Stephen of Blois.
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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