(see also “Saxon” section for earlier English Hammered coins)
William The Conqueror (AD 1066 - 1087). Norman King Read about William I
WMH-6060: William 1st Hammered Norman Penny. Lincoln mint: +PHITRICE.ON.LINI, Two Stars type (B.M.C. 5). Good legends, strong portrait, rarer type, better mint town – a very nice Norman coin. £725 RESERVED (I.J.25-12-17)
WMH-6476: William 1st
Hammered Norman Penny.
WMH-6389: William 1st Hammered Norman Penny. Sandwich mint: +IELFHEH.ON.SAND, Profile right type (B.M.C. 7). Spink 1256 (listed £3,000 for type and moneyer in 2017). The rarest of the William 1st types and from a rare mint town – there are only two examples of this type and moneyer listed on the EMC and SCBI databases with one of those being a fragment and the other not as good as this coin. Ex Lord Stewartby, ex Spink. Excessively rare and choice. £2,395
WMH-5913: William 1st Hammered Norman Penny. Salisbury mint: +GODPINE.ON.SIERI, PAXS type (B.M.C. 8). Beautifully toned and from a rare Norman mint town. There has been some speculation of late as to whether these BMC 8 issues are actually from the reign of William II with one auction house now actually listing BMC 8 coins as William II. £880
WMH-6123: William 1st Hammered Norman Penny. Salisbury mint: +OSBERN.ON.SIERI, PAXS type (B.M.C. 8). Beautifully toned and from a rare Norman mint town. There has been some speculation of late as to whether these BMC 8 issues are actually from the reign of William II with one auction house now actually listing BMC 8 coins as William II. £880
WMH-6400: William 1st Hammered Norman Penny. Lewes mint: +PINRAEP.ON.LEPI, PAXS type (B.M.C. 8). A rare Norman mint town. There has been some speculation of late as to whether these BMC 8 issues are actually from the reign of William II with one auction house now actually listing BMC 8 coins as William II. £780
William “Rufus” II (AD 1087 - 1100). Norman King Read about William II
WMH-5721: William “Rufus” II
Hammered Silver Norman Penny. B.M.C. ii – cross in quatrefoil type, 1089-92. +FOLCIERDE-ON-ÐE. Folcard of Thetford (
WMH-6097: William “Rufus” II
Hammered Silver Norman Penny. B.M.C.
iv (cross pattée and fleury), circa 1095-98.
Spink 1261, North 855. 1.26 grams. “+NIREPORÐ ON TAM. Nireworth of
Henry I (AD 1100 - 1135). Norman King Read about Henry I
WMH-6308: Henry 1st
Hammered Silver Norman Penny. B.M.C.
IV – cross & piles issue of 1105 only.
WMH-5799: Henry 1st
Hammered Silver Norman Penny. B.M.C.
VI – pointed bust with stars. Full
frontal crowned bust of Henry 1st, vertical sceptre to king’s right,
three large stars to king’s left. GODRIC of
WMH-6322: Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny. B.M.C. VII, quatrefoil with piles type. Moneyer: Godwine of Wallingford. Spink 1268. Whilst Godwine is recorded as being a moneyer at the mint, Godwine is NOT known for type 7. This coin effectively re-writes the reference books. The official test cut at 5 o’clock is as expected. Type 7 coins are rare coins, as are Wallingford mint coins. A unique coin. £1,995
WMH-5672: Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny. B.M.C. IX, cross in quatrefoil type, 1109 only. Mint and moneyer: DEREMAN of London. Official test cut done before the coin left the mint. This was to reassure the public that the coin was genuine (ie silver) and not a plated counterfeit. Rare coin. £455
WMH-6423: Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny. B.M.C. XIII, star in lozenge fleury type, 1121 only. Mint and moneyer: WULFGAR of London. Spink 1274 - one of the rarer of the Henry 1st fifteen types. Listed at £1,250 but although this is a London mint coin, the mint-moneyer combination is rare, there being only two other recorded examples on the SCBI / EMC databases. £1,150
Stephen (AD 1135 - 1154). Norman King Read about Stephen
Irregular “Royalist” Civil War Issues:
WMH-6321: Stephen Hammered Silver Norman “Eastern Variant” Civil War Penny. An irregular Lincoln Eastern variant, Spink 1289 (var), North 904 (var). Obverse bust with unnaturally long hair coming down over the collar. The initial mark is extremely large and of an unprecedented, crude design which marries up with the reverse cross. The S of STEPHANVS is at 90 degrees. Predominantly course work. The reverse in an enigma. It appears as though there were two different dies used as opposed to a single, double struck die. Moneyer RODGER of Lincoln, reverse design plain cross with fleurs in angles. The plain cross is of a crude, local design and is not the usual thick, stumpy neat work cross that other recorded examples exhibit. The reverse cross on this coin is similar to the unusual obverse initial mark cross. The coin is unclipped and is about the same grade as it left the mint. Found Mablethorpe (Eastern England) some time ago. Very much from local, crude dies and as such, unexpectedly well struck and undamaged. £1,650
Cross Moline “Watford” issue (B.M.C. i):
WMH-5977: Stephen Norman Kings’
CHESTER Hammered Silver Penny. 1136-45. Cross
WMH-6112: Stephen Norman Kings’
LINCOLN Hammered Silver Penny. 1136-45. Cross
WMH-6323: Stephen Norman Kings’
SALISBURY Hammered Silver Penny.
WMH-6364: Stephen Norman Kings’ HEREFORD
Hammered Silver Penny. 1136-45. Cross
WMH-6408: Stephen Norman Kings’
DELCA Mint Hammered Silver Halfpenny.
Voided Cross & Stars issue (B.M.C. ii):
WMH-6336: Stephen Norman Kings’
LONDON Hammered Silver Penny. Voided
cross & stars, 1145-50. (+TE)RRI:D:O(N:LVND) – Terri D of
Cross Pommee “Awbridge” issue (B.M.C. vii):
WMH-6189: Stephen Norman Kings’ HEDON (nr Hull) Hammered Silver Halfpenny. B.M.C.vii Awbridge type, 1154 – 1158. Gerard on Hedon. Ex Jon Mann (his ticket), ex Terry Maudlin collection, ex John Philpot. Hedon mint was only operational for a few short years. Originally attributed by Dr Brooke to Hythe, based on the single extant example known at the time: +GERAR ••• : OИ : hEDV [E ?] (Hunterian Collection in Glasgow), Elmore-Jones in 1949 correctly attributed the mint to Hedon, near Hull. To be fair, Elmore-Jones had the luxury of examining the second known extant coin at the time, a well struck penny from the Fred Baldwin collection (+GERARD : OИ : hEDVN). Hedon was an important port for the export of woll to Northern Europe and the Baltic and the import of furs and other articles. There was a Hedon mint coin sold through DNW in 1995 but I am unable to ascertain whether that was the Fred Baldwin coin or not. The coin offered here is either the third known example or, according to Jon Mann, either the third, fourth or fifth. Hedon mint was only active during the Stephen B.M.C.vii Awbridge type of 1154 – 1158 and probably only for the very latter part of that period. Gerard is the only moneyer for Hedon. Gerard turns up in York and Lincoln during the Henry II “Tealby” and short cross types. York in particular is geographically close to Hedon. The Hedon mint is the rarest English Norman mint bar perhaps DELCA. See BNJ 26 (1949). Easily one of the rarest coins for sale anywhere. Current thinking is that cut half coins were officially cut at the mint and not by traders. It is interesting to note that several Scandinavian countries sell cut half coins at 50% of the price of a full example, in which case this coin would be close to £4K. Instead, it is realistically offered at £950
Matilda – Angevin Party (AD 1139 - 1148). Legitimate and would-be Norman Queen
WMH-6481: Empress Matilda (Rightful
Norman Heir of Henry 1st) Cardiff Hammered Silver Penny. Cross patonce over
cross fleuree in saltire. Struck 1139-48.