Find of the Month-November

This coin, found recently near St Donats by Ron Sanders, is thought to be a penny of William I of Scotland, ‘the Lion’ (1165-1214 AD), belonging to Phase B of the Short Cross issue which covers the last years of William’s reign and the posthumous period when Scotland was ruled by William’s son, Alexander III (1214-1249 AD).

William ‘the Lion’ was so called not for his valour, but for replacing the dragon on the arms of Scotland by the lion rampant.

Scottish hammered silver does occur occasionally in South Wales; this is the earliest such example. The reverse is inscribed HVE WALTER, indicating that this coin was minted at Edinburgh or Perth by moneyers Hue (Edinburgh) and Walter (Perth) working jointly.

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