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King Edward

by Manwine, from a die attributed to Theodoric
silver penny, 1065
3/4 in. (19 mm) diameter
Purchased, 1958
Primary Collection
NPG 4048

On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • King Edward (circa 1003-1066), Known as 'The Confessor', reigned 1043-66. Sitter in 8 portraits.

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  • Manwine, Medallist. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • Theodoric (active 1065-1071), Medallist. Artist associated with 6 portraits.

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In the Anglo-Saxon era, portraits on coins were intended as emblems of kingship rather than individual likenesses. However, they demonstrate how leaders could reinforce their claim to rule by disseminating their own image on objects that were used and exchanged on a daily basis. The ruler’s portrait also provided confidence in the legitimacy of the coinage.

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