A Richard Olof Penny of Edward I, 1276

at 400 dots / inch


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_ Stafford-Langan
Version 1.07c
26 March 2000


This coin is an example of a penny struck by Richard Olof in Dublin in 1276 under the authority of Edward I, but in the name of Henry III.

The legends are clear, except for the left third of the obverse with no blundering and read:
(obverse) hENRI CUSR [EXIII]
(reverse) RIC ARD OND IUE
Which translates/expands as King Henry III / Richard of Dublin

This coin appears to be a normal Henry III penny of Dublin including using a normal Henry III moneyer. However despite the unfortunate coincidence of two RICARD moneyers (Henry III's Richard Bonaventure and Edward's Richard Olof) the coins can be distinguished from the Henry III issue of 1251 to 54.

The main characteristics are the more realistic representation of the hair and on some coins (as on this one) the use of 'U' rather than 'V' in the king's name and mint signature and the cinquefoil to the right of the portrait usually has a well defined centre pellet.

The coin is in very fine condition, but it is not a particularly good striking as it has a weak portrait, poor detail in the legend on the left of the portrait and flaw on the top rim.

There are only seven or eight of these pieces known so they are difficult to obtain in any condition.

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