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Henry III (1216-72) Silver Short Cross Penny, London Mint, Adam Moneyer, 1223-1242

Denomination: Silver penny

Period: Plantagenets

Date: 1223-1242

Origin: London mint

Condition: Almost very fine; nice central, well struck flan but weak in parts and slight loss to edge

Obverse: Crowned facing bust, with three curls of hair each side, sceptre in right hand, hENRICVS REX

Reverse: Short voided cross with quatrefoil in each angle within a beaded circle, ADAM ON LVND

Size and Weight: 17mm, 1.44g

References: S1356B, N979

Features and Provenance: This coin is considered to be attributable to class 7b having a flat topped 'A' and an 'M' that appears as an 'H'.

From the coins of Henry II, through those of Richard and John, the coinage style had changed little and indeed the quality had deteriorated. With the first (yes, first) coronation of Henry III in 1216 at the age of just 9, Henry succeeded his father, John, during times of strife and this maybe why the coinage was not re-vamped for the next 30 years. The pope at the time, effectively Henry's superior, deemed the first coronation that had carried out in a rush (to stop Louis of France from taking the English throne) at Gloucester Cathedral, as not properly carried out - he even had to borrow robes and have them cut down to size and use his mother's headdress as a crown! The second coronation was re-enacted in 1220, properly this time. Later, in 1225 baronial unrest was quelled, when, unlike his father he willingly sealed and signed the Magna Carta (in fact three times) and it became enshrined in English law. He ruled for 56 years, so this very often overlooked English monarch, must have done something right to last that long!       


Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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