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Mediaeval Ryal of Edward IV

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1983N33
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1461 - 1483

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Coventry Mint - View history


The gold ryal was introduced in England in spring 1465. With a value of ten shillings (half a pound sterling) it is the direct ancestor of the modern fifty pence piece. What makes this one unusual is the little C in the waves below the ship on the obverse. This shows that this coin was minted in Coventry. The mint there was only open from July to September 1465 and coins made there are rare.

Purchased from R Duncan Beresford-Jones, 1983.

Further Information

Reign:King Edward IV
Production Period:Mediaeval
Currency:Great Britain
Place of Origin:Coventry, England

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Diameter:34 mm