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HASTINGS Battle 1066 Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2009

The Battle of Hastings 1066: focussing on five notable engagements that changed the course of history, The Perth Mint’s Famous Battles Series portrays battlefield scenes spanning more than two millennia.

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THIRD RELEASE - BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066
The Battle of Hastings (14 October 1066) was the decisive Norman victory in the Norman Conquest of England. It was fought between the Norman army of William the Conqueror, and the English army led by Harold Godwinson. The battle took place at Senlac Hill, approximately 6 miles northwest of Hastings.
The Norman army was estimated to number as many as 8,400 and consisted of at the most 2,200 cavalry, 4,500 infantry and 1,700 archers and crossbowmen. William's strategy relied on archers to soften the enemy, followed by a general advance of the infantry, and then a cavalry charge. The Norman army was composed of nobles, mercenaries, and troops from France and Europe, including some from Southern Italy. The English army is usually thought to have numbered roughly 7,500 and consisted entirely of infantry. It is most probable that all the members of the army rode to battle, but once at the appointed place they dismounted to fight on foot.
The battle was a decisive Norman victory. Harold II was killed; traditionally, it is believed he was shot through the eye with an arrow. Although there was further English resistance, this battle is seen as the point at which William gained control of England. It remains the last occasion in documented history where England has been successfully invaded.
The famous Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events before and during the battle. An abbey, known as Battle Abbey in East Sussex, was subsequently built on the site of the conflict.

Each coin is housed in a presentation display case and superbly illustrated shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

All coins in this series:

  • Battles of Thermopylae – 480 BC
  • Battles of Cannae – 216 BC
  • Battles of Hastings – 1066
  • Battles of Balaclava – 1854
  • Battles of Gettysburg – 1863
  • Country
    Tuvalu
  • Year
    2009
  • Face Value
    1 Dollar
  • Metal
    Silver
  • Fineness (purity)
    999/1000
  • Weight (g)
    31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)
    40.6
  • Quality
    Proof
  • Mintage (pcs)
    5.000
  • Certificate (COA)
    Yes
  • Presentation case (box)
    Yes
The third release from this popular five-coin series marks a pivotal moment in English history. In 1066, William Duke of Normandy’s fleet landed near Hastings where it engaged King Harold’s foot-weary army, recently returned from conflict in the north. A fierce battle raged for much of the day until the persistence of William’s soldiers eventually succeeded in breaking through the English lines. During the mêlée, Harold was struck in the eye by a Norman arrow, a fatal blow depicted in the 11th century Bayeaux Tapestry. The coin’s reverse, which includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, portrays a coloured depiction of the Battle of Hastings as it was recorded in the historic Bayeaux Tapestry. Struck elements of the silver proof release’s reverse portray a Norman knight, a Norman helmet and a Saxon long-handled axe. Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin bears the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.