Silver halfpenny of Richard II
Plantagenet, issued during his reign, 1377-1399
Exact provenance unknown but thought to be Winchester
Richard II's coinage continued the style and denominations of Edward III whom he succeeded as king. Very few coins were produced, however, probably because there were sufficient coins in circulation from the reign of Edward III or perhaps because the continuing war with France - the Hundred Years War that had begun by 1337 - had caused a bullion shortage. The legend on the reverse of this coin - CIVITAS LONDON - shows that it was struck at the London mint.