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Title: Guernsey, Kings of England, 1987 / 1991
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 08:07:33 PM
Henry II. All sketches in this topic are by Robert Elderton.
Title: Re: Guernsey, Kings of England, 1987 / 1991
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 08:09:14 PM
Richard I.
Title: Re: Guernsey, Kings of England, 1987 / 1991
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 08:10:16 PM
King John.
Title: Re: Guernsey, Kings of England, 1987 / 1991
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 08:11:02 PM
Stephen.
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Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 08:12:44 PM
I like these sketches, but I am not knowledgeable about the subject, nor does it interest me. So, can I be cheeky and ask some of our Guernsey collectors to do the research and show the coins that got issued?  ;)
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Post by: <k> on June 08, 2017, 10:14:28 AM
Another one, dated 1987 this time - with and without an inner rim.
Title: Re: Guernsey, Kings of England, 1987 / 1991
Post by: <k> on June 08, 2017, 10:15:34 AM
William the Conqueror.
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Post by: <k> on June 08, 2017, 10:16:09 AM
William the Conqueror in battle dress.
Title: Re: Guernsey, Kings of England, 1987 / 1991
Post by: Figleaf on June 08, 2017, 12:06:06 PM
The faces of the early kings of England are unknown. My guess is that the artist used late Victorian popular imagined portraits (compare the illustrations in the books of Walter Scott). While history was a popular sport in those days, romanticism usually won from knowledge. A good example is Tintagel Castle, which the Victorians held for the castle of Arthur (of the Round table) where Arthur is now widely believed to be a myth.

This throws some doubt over the portraits used. For instance, we know that Franks shaved and that Saxons didn't. The duke of Normandy is most likely to have been fashionable enough not to wear a beard, especially if that would distinguish him from his enemies.

Peter