Edward the Martyr, King of all England 975-978 AD

Stamford mint, Moneyer Hild. Styled after the Reform Coinage of Eadgar. Diademed portrait facing left with king’s title ending in ANGLO (for All England); reverse, small central cross within large field, legend surrounding within 2 circles. Rare. Edward was King Eadgar’s first son; he was murdered just three years into his reign, by which event he has come to be known.

A superior looking example on a full broad flan of good metal, with complete, elongated beading along the rims, the king’s image bold, most of legend sharp, unusually fine golden brownish gray patina.