Coinage of Richard II of England

06 Jan 2021  Wed

Richard II was king of England from 1377 until he was deposed in 1399. Richard's father, Edward, Prince of Wales, died in 1376, leaving Richard as heir apparent to his grandfather, King Edward III. Upon the death of Edward III, the 10-year-old Richard succeeded to the throne.

The king’s early years were overshadowed by the Hundred Years’ War, a prolonged struggle with France. A major challenge of the reign was the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, and the young king played a central part in the successful suppression of this crisis.

An ambitious ruler with a lofty conception of the royal office, he was deposed by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV) because of his arbitrary and factional rule. King Richard II coins are fairly rare. The majority of coins are silver and are of typical denominations for the period – such as the penny. Gold coins were struck however for larger transactions, such as the Noble.

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