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Early Edwardian Pennies

Group 5

Type 5a (1289 - 1291) - Spink 1399; North 1028

Coins of type 5a have a similar face to coins of type 4e, but with new hair and a very wide spread antler-like crown. They also have a pellet on the breast and very large lettering. The letter A is unbarred, C and E are round, N is normal, S is always non-composite (thick-waisted). The form of the letter C differs from that of type 5b (it has triangular serifs and is smaller and less rounded), which enables muling between the two types to be recognised. Contractive marks are very large commas.

King’s name: EDW
Mints: Canterbury, London

Type 5b (1289 - 1291) - Spink 1400; North 1029

Most coins of type 5b have a long narrow face with a pointed chin, as the example illustrated for the group, but a squarer face, as here illustrated, also occurs. In both cases, the hair is tighter than that of 5a and the individual strands are less distinct. The antler-like crown is the same as that of 5a, as is the presence of a pellet on the breast. The lettering also continues to be very large. The letter A is unbarred, C and E are round, N is normal, S is always non-composite (thick-waisted). The form of the letter C differs from that of type 5a (it has thin serifs and is larger and more rounded), which enables muling between the two types to be recognised. Contractive marks are very large commas.

King’s name: EDW
Mints: Bury, Canterbury, Durham, London