William the Conqueror 'Eadwig of London' PAXS Anglo-Saxon Penny 024450

William the Conqueror 'Eadwig of London' PAXS Anglo-Saxon Penny 024450
Very Rare William the Conqueror 'Eadwig of London Mint' PAXS Anglo-Saxon Penny
Silver, 1.36 grams, 19.28 mm. BMC 8, PAXS type, circa 1083-1086 AD. Obverse: +PILLELM REX, crowned bust facing holding sceptre. Reverse: long cross with P A X S within circles, in angles within inner circle, +[ED]PI ON LII[-], for the moneyer Eadwig at London mint. Five of the thirteen coin types in the name of 'William' have been assigned to the reign of William II, although it remains uncertain whether the Paxs type of William I [The Conqueror] continued into his reign so it is possible that this is in fact a coin of William II. N. 848; S. 1257. Only two coins of this moneyer, and no PAXS types listed on the Early Medieval Coin Corpus [EMC] at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University. Slightly not struck up to one edge, otherwise very fine.

Edward the Confessor attempted to gain Norman support by purportedly promising the throne to William in 1051. Before his death in 1066, however, Edward named Godwin's son, Harold, as heir to the crown. William was enraged and immediately prepared to invade. Harold Hardrada, the King of Norway, invaded England from the north. Harold Godwinson's forces marched north to defeat the Norse at Stamford Bridge on September 25, 1066. Two days after the battle, William landed unopposed at Pevensey. The victorious Harold, in an attempt to solidify his kingship, took the fight south to William and the Normans on October 14, 1066 at Hastings. After hours of holding firm against the Normans, the tired English forces finally succumbed to the onslaught.

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