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Mediaeval Scottish Silver Penny of William I

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1993C571
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1165 - 1214

Maker Information

Moneyer:Raul Derlig - View biography for Raul Derlig


William I of Scotland was also known as 'The Lion' (so-called because he had a lion on his standard). William I invaded England in 1173, but was captured. He was later released in 1175. He was the grandson of St David (David I, 1080-1153).This coin is modelled on the design of the contemporary English penny - the Tealby type or Cross-and-Crosslets, issued by Henry II between 1158 and 1180. The very crude portrait shows William in profile. The reverse depicts a cross with a crescent and pellet in each quarter. These are known as 'crescent and pellet' type coins.

Ian Donal Finney Bequest, 1993.

Further Information

Reign:King William I of Scotland
Production Period:Mediaeval
Place of Origin:Scotland

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Diameter:21 mm