A Farthing of Edward I of Dublin (second issue)

at 400 dots / inch


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_ Stafford-Langan
Version 1.07c
26 March 2000


This coin is an example of a farthing of Edward I of Dublin.  It is from the early part of the reign associated with the first three issues.  As it is stylistically similar to the Waterford pieces which can only be from the large second issue this coin is ascribed to that issue.   The legends and bust style support this attribution.  These coins could have been produced in Dublin at any time between 1280 and 1282 so the second issue (1282) attribution is approximate but most likely.

The legends are clear with no blundering and read:
(obverse) ERA NG LIE
Which translates/expands as
(obverse) EDWARDUS REX ANGLIE - Edward king of England
(reverse) City of Dublin

This coin illustrates the characteristics of the early coins of Edward I - the round backed E on both sides, the block lettering, the Roman N, the wedge tailed S, the unbarred A.  It lacks any punctuation or other privy marks which might have been used to associate it with one of the first two issues of pennies.

The coin is in about very fine condition, but it has a striking weakness on the obverse at about 7 O Clock and is off-centre on the reverse.   There is evidence of double striking on the obverse under the upper legend where the line and letters are clearly not continuous.  These tiny farthings are scarce but not rare in this condition.  A clean Very Fine specimen without these problems would be more difficult to find.  Coins in better than VF which are well centred and have no weakness and doubling are rare.

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