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ANGLO-GALLIC COINAGE

HENRY III
As King of England, 1216-1272


                AR Sterling (0.79 g, 17mm, 1).

      Mint: Bordeaux.
      Struck: Uncertain.
      Obv: + hENRICVS REX
                Cross pattée.
      Rev: ο + ο AQVITANI ο Є ο in four lines.
      Ref: AGC 1 (1/a); Elias 1; SCBC 8001; Duplessy, Féodales
                1030; Poey d' Avant 2756; Roberts 3881 (all as Henry II).


EDWARD 'the Black Prince'
As Prince of Aquitaine, 1362-1372


                AR Sterling (1.12 g, 18mm, 12).

      Mint: Limoges.
      Struck: Second issue, circa 1365-8.
      Obv: :ЄD • PO GIT RЄG ΛnG L
                Half-length figure of Edward right, holding sword and
                raising left hand; rosette stops.
      Rev: •PRI CPS ΛQV TAЄ
                Long cross; trefoils in quarters.
      Mm: L at end of obv. legend.
      Ref: AGC 212 (6/d); SCBC 8133; Elias 192 var. (marks in
                legends); cf. Poey d' Avant 2973; Roberts 6806.

Notes: This coin was part of the first coinage of the Black Prince that comprised the currency of Aquitaine for the years 1362-1368. The obverse type occurs on all three silver denominations of this coinage, but the exact meaning of such an innovative and novel type is uncertain. At the very least, it is a purely militaristic type, and reflects the tenor of Edward's time. More interestingly, the portrait on these issues is strikingly similar to depictions of the prince in contemporary paintings - highly unusual in the Medieval period. The sterling was replaced by the Hardi d'Argent in Edward's second coinage that was struck following a revaluation of the currency of Aquitaine on 1 May 1368 (which probably resulted from the Spanish adventure).