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2016 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings Fifty Pences
The 2016 fifty pence commemorates the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
We received our first delivery on 18th November, 2015.
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When King Edward of England (Edward the Confessor) died in 1066, he left no heir to the throne. The Anglo-Saxon King, Harold Godwinson, became his successor, which led to a three-way battle between the King, Harald Hardrada (the Viking king of Norway) and William, the Duke of Normandy.
Harald Hardrada was killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, leaving King Harold and the Anglo-Saxons, and William and the French-Normans to fight for the crown.
The Battle of Hastings took place on 14th October, 1066. The Saxons created a shield wall of which the Normans spent most of the battle trying to defeat. Thinking the Normans were retreating, the Saxons left broke the shield in order to chase them, a mistake as the Normans has lured them away in order to kill them. Harold Godwinson was killed and the Normans defeated. William took the throne and was given the nickname William the Conqueror.
The battle is famously shown on the Bayeux Tapestry.
The reverse of the coin was designed by the Royal Mint engarver, John Bergdahl. It features King Harold and the famous fate he is believed to have suffered - an arrow in the eye.
The obverse features the fifth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.
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