Anglo-Gallic 1189-99 Richard I Silver Denier Poitou Very Fine
- A genuine coin from iconic English warrior king and Crusader, Richard the Lionheart!
- Struck in Poitou, France, and part of the Anglo-Gallic Series – coins struck in France for English kings from the 12th to 16th
- Only French coins actually bear Richard’s name, with his English coins inscribed with the name of his father, Henry!
- Scarce in better grade, we have one example in Very Fine condition.
- A fascinating reflection of the intertwined nature of French and English history – click add to cart now!
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As well as possessing the Duchy of Aquitaine in France, Richard the Lionheart also served as Count of Poitiers for nearly 30 years, during which time silver deniers were issued in his name. Importantly it was only coins of Poitiers and Aquitaine that actually bear his name, with his English coins inscribed with the name of his father, Henry!
Bearing the Latin form of ‘Poitou’ on the reverse, the obverse is distinguished by the legend ‘+RICARDVS REX’ – ‘King Richard’ – indicating this coin was struck during Richard’s reign as King of England. Graded Very Fine, and scarce in this state of preservation – a must-have for collector and history buff alike!
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About the Anglo-Gallic Series – French coins of English kings!
One of the most fascinating elements of both British numismatics and British history, the Anglo-Gallic Series encompasses the coins struck in France under the authority of English Royalty from the 12th to the 16th century.
Thanks to the Norman Conquest of 1066, the origin of English Royalty after the Anglo-Saxons was, of course, French. English kings naturally held titles and territories in France from this period, and at times possessed more land in France than the King of France himself! Moreover, English kings regularly laid claim to the French throne, with one – Henry VI – actually crowned King of France in 1431. Although French victory in the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) shattered English dreams of ruling France permanently, England’s claims to the French throne did not cease until 1801.
From King Henry II (1154-89) to King Henry VIII (1509-47), England’s rulers issued coins for their French territories – now known as the Anglo-Gallic Series. This series is not only an extraordinarily potent reflection of English-French history, but the source of some of numismatics’ most beautiful, rarest, most sought after coins.