Elizabeth 1 gold Angel.

This ‘angel’, so called for its representation of St. Michael the Archangel slaying the dragon, was minted between 1578 and 1581 and to early modern people it was both official currency of the realm and an object replete with sacred, healing power.  These coins were given to sufferers of the ‘evil’ by the monarch in special ceremonies presided over by the clergy.

Many coins that have been associated with this ritual have pierced holes for a string which were then draped around the neck.  These were worn as amulets of healing or protection against evil.

At Kenilworth in 1575, Elizabeth I publicly prepared for this healing ritual ‘prostrate on her knees, body and soul rapt in prayer’.  She was known to lay hands on her patients, and in addition she made the sign of the cross, with the gold angel, over the actual location of the sore. The coin example I have for sale is graded Extremely fine

Edmund "memorial penny". Perhaps THE classic Viking silver penny made in England, the St. Edmund Memorial penny was issued by the Vikings in Danish East Anglia to appeal to the Christian residents who had come to revere as a saint the former King Edmund.

Eadgar is an important monarch from a numismatic point of view. Eadgar succeeded his brother Eadwig in 959 as King of All England (he had been king of Mercia and Northumbria since 957).
At the beginning of his reign Eadgar followed the coinage types of his brother, the king's name but no portrait on the obverse and the moneyer's name in two lines on the reverse. Inclusion of the mint name had dropped out of use. In about 973 Eadgar introduced a coinage reform. The 2 Eadgar coins I currently have for sale pre-date this reform.

Alfred the Great

Isn't is amazing to think that the almost mythical person that many of us learnt about at school - I particularly remember a story about him "burning cakes"- existed in history and minted coins that are available today? I am lucky enough to have two of these rare coins for sale at the moment. Alfred had a reputation as a learned and merciful man of a gracious and level-headed nature who encouraged education, proposing that primary education be taught in English, and improved his kingdom's legal system, military structure and his people's quality of life. In 2002, Alfred was ranked number 14 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

The London monogram penny is of particular numismatic interest as it helps to date the origin of the mint at London. One of the most frequently asked questions is when was the Royal Mint established but, not having a formal charter or clear record of a definite starting point, we can only know from the record of the coins themselves of the existence of the Mint from very early times.   As one of the first coins to state explicitly that it was minted in London, the Monogram Penny has come to be regarded as a particularly significant coin in the history of the Royal Mint.   But minting was taking place in London before it was re-settled by Alfred the Great so, while this coin is a convenient way in which to arrive at the beginning of the Mint's history, quite when it actually began will remain open to question

Canute or Cnut, sometimes known as Cnut the Great.

This was another monarch that I heard stories about when I was at school. I was taught that the king was arrogant and thought he could command the waves/tide to turn back, however I later learned that he did this to demonstrate that he DIDN'T hold such power. I suppose it's difficult now to determine which of these accounts is true. I have many examples of coins minted under his reign, from several different mints, including an EF rare die example with an additional cross behind the monarch's bust

Charles 11 Hammered gold unite.

This coin was one of the last to be manufactered using a die and hammer, with milled coins soon to become the norm. The portrait of Charles II on the hammered coinage of 1660/62 is almost universally regarded as one of the greatest artistic achievements in English numismatics.

Æthelred II 

(Old English: Æþelræd, c. 966 – 23 April 1016), known as the Unready, was King of the English from 978 to 1013 and again from 1014 until his death in 1016. His epithet does not derive from the modern word "unready", but rather from the Old English unræd meaning "poorly advised"; it is a pun on his name, which means "well advised". The long cross penny I have for sale of Aethelred 11 was minted in Chester and is a very nice example

Henry V111.

Perhaps one of England's most famous/ infamous ancient monarchs. I have for sale 3 groats from different coinages, showing different images with each new issue. Issue 1 is thought to resemble Henry's father (Henry V11) in profile, issue 2 is a more accurate image, but again in profile, whereas issue 3 is the iconic image we all know of a rather portly bearded man with a full-face bust. Unfortunately the quality of silver used in 3rd coinage issues had been debased , which means good exmples of these coins are hard to find