Harold II
Reign 1066 CE

Monetary System
Silver Pennies and Gold Thrymsas
40 Pence = 1 Thrymsa

Harold II Godwineson was born to Godwin of Wessex, Earl of Wessex & Kent and Gytha in 1022 CE.   He had become the Earl of East Anglia in 1044. Upon his father's death in April 1053, he succeeded to the Earldom of Wessex and was at the right hand of the king. In 1063 CE, supported by his brother, Tostig, Earl of Northumbria. While on his deathbed, Edward the Confessor disignated Harold as his successor, instead the rightful heir his  grandson, Edgar the Ætheling. After Edward's death, Harold secured ecclesiastical blessing on his claim by having himself crowned as King of England. At Stamford Bridge, he crushed the forces of his brother Tostig and Harold III Hardraade of Norway, who claimed the throne.

Harold II had six children with Eadyth Swan neck. They were Godwin, Edmund, Magnus, Gytha, Gunhild and Ulf  Harold II was married to Ealdgyth in 1066 CE and had a child named Harold. Harold II was killed in the battle of Hastings by the army of William the Conqueror.Harald was last Anglo-Saxon King of England. He was interred in Waltham Abbey in Essex, England.

Silver Penny of Harold II.  1066 CE.
Obverse: Crowned bust of Harold II holding sceptre with legend HAROLD REX ANGL.
Reverse: Legend OVDVLF ON EOFERP and PAX in a banner in the middle.
Mint: York Weight: 1.3 gm.
Moneyer:  Outhulf.
Reference:  North 836; Seaby 1186.



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