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NORMAN. William I 'the Conqueror'. 1066-1087. AR Penny (20mm, 1.40 g, 1h). Paxs type (BMC viii). Sandwich mint; Godwine, moneyer. Struck circa 1083-1086. + PILLELM RE+, crowned facing bust, holding scepter; annulet on right shoulder / + GODPINE ON SIIN, cross pattée; letters of P A X S in annulets within quarters. P.W.P. Carlyon-Britton, “A Numismatic History of the Reigns of William I and II,” in BNJ VIII (1910), pl. XXI, 4 (this coin illustrated); SCBI 17 (Midland), 590 (same dies); BMC 915 (same dies); North 850; SCBC 1257. Toned. Near EF. A superb portrait coin struck on a broad flan. Rare.

Ex E. Miller (Spink (27 March 2019), lot 102; P. Carlyon-Britton (Part I, Sotheby, 20 November 1916), lot 1271 (part of).