The Robin Hood Collection, is the Dunston Mint’s latest offering in its Historic Replica Coin Collections.
Each Collection has between one to five replica coins with descriptions. The set is mounted on a 5″ by 7″ cardboard card and inserted in a mylar holder. Historical facts and coin descriptions on the back. These Collections are popular with historians, collectors, and museum shops.
All replicas have COPY on the coins as required by the Hobby Protection Act of 1973.
The earliest references to Robin are in 13th century English sources. By the 16th century the legend and times of Robin Hood were closely connected to three 13th century medieval rulers. Each ruler made silver coins for trade and commerce in the lands they ruled. The Robin Hood collection includes five coins of these rulers.
First is Richard I, son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Better known as The Lionheart, Richard’s earliest titles included the French titles of Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Duke of Gascony, Count of Anjou, Count of Nantes, and Overlord of Brittany. As Duke of Aquitaine in western France, Richard made a 18mm French silver coin reads RICARDVS REX. Richard, as Count of Poitou struck a 18mm silver coin that reads RICHARDVS REX. Replicas of these two silver coins are the first and second coins in the Robin Hood collection.
In 1189 Richard became King of England upon the death of his father Henry II. The third coin in this replica coin collection is a 19mm silver Short Cross coin inscribed hENRICVS REX. All of Richard the Lion Heart’s struck in England bear the name of his father, Henry II. not his own title of Richard I, King of England.
From 1190-1194 John, Richard’s younger brother ruled England while Richard was fighting in the Crusades. After his brother’s death in 1199, John ruled England until his death in 1216. The silver coin of King John is from Ireland. The replica coin is called the Sun, Moon, and Three Stars type due to the devices on the coin.
The third ruler, is Saladin, the first Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt and Syria. He led islamic opposition to the European Crusaders in the Middle East. The fifth coin in the collection is a coin of Saladin – a 21mm silver dirham. This coin was made in Aleppo, Syria between 1184 and 1185.