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Petition Crown DATA

Reference Works:

Reference Works: J.B.Bergne, Linecar & Stone, Alan J Nathanson, Brooke, Rudding,Vertue, Harry Manville Personal thanks to: Marvin Lesson whose knowledge on Simon's work can be seen in the British Numismatic Journal 1995 & 2005. Marvin knowledge cannot be surpassed today and he kindly corrected many of my mistakes.

Allan Davisson for his assistance, Allan has eyes for the finest coins and is the present owner of a REDDITE Crown in silver. Allan aquired the famous Coenwulf coin that was purchased by the British Museum.

Petition Crowns:

1. British Museum EF 2. Royal Mint VF 3. Bank of England Fine & holed 4. Blackburn Museum Cut mark VF 5. Hunterian Museum NEF 6. Ashmolean Museum VF 7. Christ Church Oxford Very Poor 8. Fitzwilliam Museum VF 9. National Museums Scotland EF with slight edge knock

10. Geoffrey Cope       EF+ Sharp clear fields with a wonderful portrait  (the coin referred to in this site)

11. USA                       NVF

12. Japan                     VF


13. Missing Norweb Repaired [holed]
14. Missing Poor, Indifferent condition


Mystery surrounds to whom individual pieces belonged. Over the last 150 years since Bergne had listed the numbers known of the coin they have reduced in numbers from 15 to maybe 12 with 9 in Museums, but specimens’ to get lost; as it is said ‘time destroys all things’, except fortunately those in National Institutions such as British, Ashmolean, Fitzwilliam, Blackburn, Hunterian Museums, Royal Mint, Bank of England, etc. It is strange or maybe it was meant that such pieces were not to be identified for a long period as to who they actually belonged. British numismatics has in the past been able to follow previous owners for the last few hundred years but the past owners of specific Petition Crowns, have become confused, not the owners but the very coin they owned. We have the work of the imitable Berne in 1854 and a study of recently of Mr. Harry Manville. We have listed worn ones, holed ones, indifferent condition, ones in poor condition, with cuts, and they have been described in all conditions, from being in the possession of Lord’s, Earls, Dr’s, Military personnel, a postman, a silversmith, delivery boy, given in change, even one said to have been sealed in a packet in 1789 and then opened in 1903, and one or two have survived the passage of time in remarkable condition. In fact as seen owners have come from every walk of life. Today we have a ‘jig-saw’ that we are unable to put together. The first record of a public sale I have recorded is Earl of Clarendon 1709.