Edwardian Sterlings

Guy of Dampierre, 1279-1305, Flanders and Namur

Guy of Dampierre riding a horse. His surcoat bears the arms of the county of Flanders.

Guy of Dampierre (Dutch: Gwijde van Dampierre) (c. 1226 March 7, 1305, Compiegne) was the count of Flanders during the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302.
Guy was the second son of William II of Dampierre and Margaret II of Flanders. The death of his elder brother William in a tournament made him joint Count of Flanders with his mother. (She had made William co-ruler of Flanders 1246 to ensure that it would go to the Dampierre children of her second marriage, rather than the Avesnes children of her first.) Guy and his mother struggled against the Avesnes (led by John I, Count of Hainaut) in the War of the Succession of Flanders and Hainault, but were defeated in 1253 at the Battle of Walcheren, and Guy was taken prisoner. By the mediation of Louis IX of France, he was ransomed in 1256. Some respite was obtained by the death of John of Hainaut in 1257.
In 1270, Margaret confiscated the property of English merchants in Flanders; this led to a devastating trade war with England, which supplied most of the wool for the Flemish weavers. Even after her abdication in 1278, Guy often found himself in difficulties with the fractious commoners.
In 1288, complaints over taxes led Philip IV of France to tighten his control over Flanders. Tension built between Guy and the king; in 1294, Guy arranged a marriage between his daughter Philippa and Edward, Prince of Wales. However, Philip imprisoned Guy and two of his sons, forced him to call off the marriage, and imprisoned Philippa in Paris until her death in 1306. Guy was summoned before the king again in 1296, and the principal cities of Flanders were taken under royal protection until Guy paid an idemnity and surrendered his territories, to hold them at the grace of the king.
After these indignities, Guy attempted to revenge himself on Philip by an alliance with Edward I of England in 1297, to which Philip responded by declaring Flanders annexed to the royal domain. The French under Robert II of Artois defeated the Flemings at the Battle of Furnes, and Edward's expedition into Flanders was abortive. He made peace with Philip in 1298 and left Guy to his fate. The French invaded again in 1299 and captured both Guy and his son Robert in January 1300.
The Flemish burghers, however, found direct French rule to be more oppressive than that of the count. After smashing a French army at the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302, Guy was briefly released by the French to try to negotiate terms. His subjects, however, refused to compromise; and a new French offensive in 1304 destroyed a Flemish fleet at the Battle of Zierikzee and fought the Flemings to a draw at the Battle of Mons-en-Pevele. Guy was returned to prison, where he died.

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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Alost, ca. 1290-92, Mayhew 1

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling
Mint:Alost
Issue date:Ca. 1290-92
Weight:1,17 gr
Diameter:19 mm
Rarity:R1
Reference:Mayhew 1
Catalogue #:0100
Obverse description:Double headed eagle.
Obverse legend:+GCOmЄS˙FLANDRIЄ
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:CIV ITA S˙AL OST
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Alost, ca. 1290-92, Mayhew 1

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling
Mint:Alost
Issue date:Ca. 1290-92
Weight:1,23 gr
Diameter:20 mm
Rarity:R1
Reference:Mayhew 1
Catalogue #:0099
Obverse description:Double headed eagle.
Obverse legend:+GCOmЄS˙FLANDRIЄ
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:CIV ITA S˙AL OST
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Alost, ca. 1290-92, Mayhew 1

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling
Mint:Alost
Issue date:Ca. 1290-92
Weight:1,09 gr
Diameter:17x20 mm
Rarity:R1
Reference:Mayhew 1
Catalogue #:0098
Obverse description:Double headed eagle.
Obverse legend:+GCOmЄS˙FLANDRIЄ
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:CIV ITA S˙AL OST
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Alost, ca. 1290-92, Mayhew 6

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Pollard type
Mint:Alost
Issue date:Ca. 1290-92
Weight:1,26 gr
Diameter:18 mm
Rarity:R4
Reference:Mayhew 6
Catalogue #:0079
Obverse description:Bare-headed bust facing.
Obverse legend:+GCOMЄS˙FLAИDRIЄ
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend::CIV ITA S˙AL OST
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Namur, ca. 1296, Mayhew 11

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Pollard type
Mint:Namur
Issue date:Ca. 1296
Weight:1,27 gr
Diameter:18x19 mm
Rarity:R3
Reference:Mayhew 11
Catalogue #:0001
Obverse description:Bare-headed bust facing.
Obverse legend:+GmARChIOnAmVR
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:mO nЄT AnA mVR
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Namur, ca. 1296, Mayhew 12

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Pollard type
Mint:Namur
Issue date:Ca. 1296
Weight:1,31 gr
Diameter:19x20 mm
Rarity:R1
Reference:Mayhew 12
Catalogue #:0058
Obverse description:Bare-headed bust facing.
Obverse legend:+GmARChIOnAmVR
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:mO nЄT AnA mVR
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Namur (?), ca. 1296, Mayhew 13

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Pollard type
Mint:Namur (?)
Issue date:Ca. 1296
Weight:1,20 gr
Diameter:19 mm
Rarity:C
Reference:Mayhew 13
Catalogue #:0002
Obverse description:Bare-headed bust facing.
Obverse legend:+MARChIOИAMVRC
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:GCO MЄS FLA DRЄ
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Namur (?), ca. 1296, Mayhew 15

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Pollard type
Mint:Namur (?)
Issue date:Ca. 1296
Weight:1,10 gr
Diameter:19 mm
Rarity:R4
Reference:Mayhew 15
Catalogue #:0095
Obverse description:Bare-headed bust facing with a saltire in the field on each side of the neck and an annulet on the neck.
Obverse legend:+MARChIOИAMVRC
Reverse description:Long cross pattée with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend::GCO MЄS FLA DRЄ
Extra info:Annulet on neck not mentioned in Mayhew.

Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Namur (?), ca. 1296, Mayhew 16

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Pollard type
Mint:Namur (?)
Issue date:Ca. 1296
Weight:1,21 gr
Diameter:18 mm
Rarity:S
Reference:Mayhew 16
Catalogue #:0003
Obverse description:Bare-headed bust facing.
Obverse legend:+MARChIOИAMVRC
Reverse description:Long cross pattée with three pellets in three of the quarters and an open quatrefoil in the 3rd.
Reverse legend::GCO MЄS FLA DRЄ
Extra info:The pellets at the beginning of the reverse legend are often absent.

Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Damme, ca. 1297-99, Mayhew 19

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Crockard type
Mint:Damme
Issue date:Ca. 1297-99
Weight:1,31 gr
Diameter:18x19 mm
Rarity:R2
Reference:Mayhew 19
Catalogue #:0143
Obverse description:Bust facing, wearing chaplet of roses.
Obverse legend:+GCOMЄSFLANDIЄ
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:SIG NVM CRV CIS
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Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Damme, ca. 1297-99, Mayhew 19var

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Crockard type
Mint:Damme
Issue date:Ca. 1297-99
Weight:1,41 gr
Diameter:19 mm
Rarity:R5
Reference:Mayhew 19var
Catalogue #:0104
Obverse description:Bust facing, wearing chaplet of roses.
Obverse legend:+GCOMЄSFLANDIЄ
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:SIG NVM CRV CIS
Extra info:This variety, with only a small x as first stop, is not mentioned in Mayhew. According to the style it could be a contemporary imitation (see Enigmatic Crockards and Pollards).

Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Damme, ca. 1297-99, Mayhew 20var

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Crockard type
Mint:Damme
Issue date:Ca. 1297-99
Weight:1,16 gr
Diameter:19 mm
Rarity:R5
Reference:Mayhew 20var
Catalogue #:0062
Obverse description:Bust facing, wearing chaplet of roses.
Obverse legend:+G:COMЄS:FLANDЄ
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:SIG NVM CRV CIS
Extra info:This variety, missing the I of FLANDIЄ on the reverse, is not mentioned in Mayhew.

Sterling, Guy of Dampierre, Damme, ca. 1297-99, Mayhew 21

Reign/Issue Authority:Guy of Dampierre
Denomination/Type:Sterling, Crockard type
Mint:Damme
Issue date:Ca. 1297-99
Weight:1,01 gr
Diameter:19 mm
Rarity:R4
Reference:Mayhew 21
Catalogue #:0059
Obverse description:Bust facing, wearing chaplet of roses, with in the field an annulet on each side of the neck.
Obverse legend:+G:COMES:FLANDIE
Reverse description:Long cross pattee with three pellets in each angle.
Reverse legend:SIG NVM CRV CIS
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