Harold II AD 1066 Silver Penny


Code: CS982

Harold II AD 1066 Silver Penny, Norwich mint, moneyer MANNA

Crowned head left no sceptre / PAX across field

S1187 –  1.16g – 18mm

A bold portrait and legends well struck on good metal, a touch of double striking to the obverse. A premium example of this popular monarch.

Recorded with the Early Medieval Coinage Database held at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Ref 2023.0366 emc.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/full-record/20230366?&0=20230366

Harold II ‘Godwinson’ (6th of January 1066-14th of October 1066): The last Anglo-Saxon king of England, Harold was the son of Earl Godwin of Wessex – Edward the Confessor’s right-hand man. Though Godwin and his family fell out of favour with Edward during the early 1050’s, this was but a temporary setback. His father died in 1053, and Harold took up the mantle as Earl of Wessex – assisting Edward greatly in driving back the Welsh and calming the northern border with Scotland. In 1066 Edward died, naming Harold his successor on his deathbed. However, he had previously favoured William of Normandy – causing the latter to prepare for invasion to defend his ‘right’. Arguably the most famous part of Harold’s short reign is its last month. Marching north to confront an invasion force assembled by the Danish king Harald Hardrada and his own traitor brother, Harold won a spectacular victory at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. However, William of Normandy landed on the south coast shortly afterwards, and he was forced to march back down the length of the country with a tired and depleted force. The decisive moment came on the 14th of October 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, where despite a terrific struggle Harold’s forces were defeated by William – an event famously depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. Harold was killed during the battle, and the throne subsequently passed to William – who became William I of England.

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