by Michael S. Swoveland
It can be quite difficult for the novice collector to correctly differentiate the silver pennies of the first three Edwards. While these coins are quite similar, there are subtle differences that, when understood can aid the collector in proper identification. For this reason I have written this short guide. My hope is that collectors armed with this information will derive greater joy from their medieval coins and that a bit of the fog will be lifted from this interesting and collectable series.
Edward I 1272-1307 - Pennies have Roman "N" and tri-foil fleurs on sides of crown.
Edward II 1307-1327 - Pennies have Roman "N" and bi-foil fleurs on sides of crown.
Edward III 1327-1377 - Pennies have Lombardic "n" and often pellet stops in obverse legends.
Class 1a pennies (the first type of Edward I) have Lombardic "n."
Class 10 pennies (the last type of Edward I) have bi-foil
fleurs on sides of crown.
A few scarce Edward III pennies have Roman "N" usually reversed.
Edward I tri-foil.
Edward II bi-foil
I and Edward II Roman "N"
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