Irish Coin Daily: Edward IV, Light Cross & Pellets coinage, Groat, Waterford, m.m. pierced cross double fitchy


The Irish Coin Cabinet, The Old Currency Exchange, Coin Dealer, Dublin, Ireland

Date: 1472-78 ?

Edward IV (1461-83), Groat, light 'cross and pellets' coinage, c.1473-78, Waterford, m.m. pierced cross double fitchy, 2.17g, crowned bust facing, G on breast, rev. cross and pellets with an additional saltire in the first and third quarter

Edward IV, Second Reign, Groat, Light cross & pellets coinage, Waterford, m.m. pierced cross double fitchy

Description:

Edward IV, Light Cross and Pellets coinage, Groat, Waterford mint, m.m. pierced cross double fitchy, crowned bust facing, G on breast, rev. cross and pellets with an additional saltire in the first and third quarter. Some peripheral striking softness, nonetheless toned, good fine or better for issue.

  • Weight: 1.97 g
  • References: S 6349

Obverse:

  • Facing bust, “G” below bust, cinquefoils by neck; all within tressure of arches
    • The “G” stands for Germyn Lynch, Master of the Mint
    • Germyn Lynch, who flourished in the mid-late 15th century, is recorded as having served as a shipmaster, goldsmith, freeman and alderman of London
    • He was also the Master of the Irish mints – a post from which he was dismissed five times on account of making lightweight coins, such as the issue above
  • mm. pierced cross double fitchy
  • Legend:
    • “EDWARDVS DEI GRA DNS HYBER”
      • Translates as: “Edward, King by the Grace of God, Lord of Ireland

Reverse:

  • Long cross pattée, with cross and pellets with an additional saltire in the first and third quarter
    • Inner Legend: “CIVI  TASW  ATER  FORD”
      • Translates as: “City of Waterford”
    • Outer Legend: “POSVI DEUM ADIVTOREM MEUM”
      • Translates as: “I have made God my helper”

Category:

  • Anglo-Norman
    • House of York
  • Edward IV (1471-1483)
    • Second period of rule (11th April 1471 – 9th April 1483)
      • War of the Roses
  • Hammered

 

 


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