My great-grandfather saved a bunch of very old coins from all around the world and from different times just for me, 7 years after he died, the coins were given to me. Here is one that I cannot find anywhere and don't know what it is. Could anyone please help!






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From the portrait, it looks to be a William I (William the Conqueror) "bonnet-type" silver penny.

William I bonnet-type silver penny

However, you should also be aware that there are a lot of replica and reproduction issues of that particular coin.

As noted by @SimonB and @richardb in the comments, your coin appears to have the letters 'WRL' stamped on the obverse, which indicates that it is a replica produced by Westair Reproductions Ltd.

This replica is currently available to purchase as the Battle of Hastings Coin Pack - William I.

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    @MarcSharko and some of the people who make reproductions helpfully stamp their initials on the coin, so you know it's a reproduction. Yours is stamped "WRL".
    – Simon B
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 22:28
  • @SimonB Westair Reproductions Ltd [westair-reproductions.com/]
    – richardb
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 12:32
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    Just a note; the page you link to says that the inscription on the obverse is "+PILLEMUS REX". That is more likely to be a wynn (Ƿ) than an actual P. Ƿ is pronounced like a "w" , so ǷILLEMUS is "Willemus".
    – Spencer
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 12:45

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