William I The Conqueror 1066 Penny Earrings
- Solid sterling silver earring hooks (not cheap silver plated copper)
- cold struck from solid .925 sterling silver [historical purity](see methodology)
- 19mm, ~1.3g per coin (like the originals, coins are fairly thin and lightweight)
- Just like the originals, each is hand struck, so allow for slight irregularity and variance from the photos
William I, 'The Conqueror', duke of Normandy, led the last successful invasion of England.
Having no heirs, Edward the Confessor, King of England, had promised William the throne. However, Harold, a rival of William had illegitimately seized the crown upon Edward's death. William's revenge began at the Battle of Hastings in AD 1066, avenging his rightful place as king.
During the battle, Harold was fatally struck in the eye with an arrow. In disarray, his army fled to the forests. William pressed north and began to sack and burn opposing English towns and cities.
He was crowned king in Westminster Abby, December 25th, 1066. William was the first of many Norman kings to rule England.
Obverse: PILLEMUS REX ("King William") & crude bust of William
Reverse: AELFSI ON LUNDE ("Aelfsi [moneyer] in London") & trefoil cross
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