Anglo-Gallic, Richard I 'The Lionheart' as Duke of Aquitaine, 1172-1889. Silver Denier struck by Richard I at Poitou and bearing his name RICARDVS REX around a small cross. The reverse reads PIC/TAVIE/NSIS (The Latin for Poitou) in three lines. Fine-Very Fine for the issue. The English coins struck under Richard I as King of England (1189-1199) do not bear his name but are in the name of his father HENRICVS so these Deniers struck in his French possesion are the only coins to bear his name.
King John was the youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, he was King of England from 1199 until his death in 1216, he was also granted Lordship of Ireland, and coins were struck in his name for use in Ireland. His reign was remembered more for the loss of large parts of France and quarrels with the Church and English Barons resulting in the signing of the Magna Carta on 15 June 1215. The aim was to make peace between the King and the rebel barons and to ensure the protection of church rites. Here we offer these important silver pennies from his reign in Very Fine, a very collectible coin with detailed portraits. Very limited availability.