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Henry III Silver Voided Long Cross Penny, London Mint Nicole Moneyer 1250-1272

Denomination: Silver voided long cross penny

Period: Plantagenet

Date: 1250-72, post provincial phase

Origin: London mint

Condition: Very fine, lovely detailed portrait

Obverse: Crowned facing bust, holding sceptre, wedge shaped 'R' pelletss at ends of crown and legend starts at 10o'clock, HENRICVS REX III

Reverse: Voided long cross with three pellets in each angle, NIC OLE ONL VND

Size and Weight: 18mm, 1.53g

References: Sear 1368A

Features and Provenance: This class 5b2 penny is a fine example of Henry III's later long cross pennies. His reign started with pennies of the short cross type, but as their quality deteriorated, a new coinage was ordered from 1247. Up until this time, it was common for pennies to be cut in half by the mint to act as halfpence and even quarter pence; although this was useful to give lower denominations, being so small they were easily lost. So called 'clipping' was also rife, where the edges of the coins were shaved off to collect the silver. The 'long cross' coinage was introduced to make things simpler, and with the added security measure that the cross now reached the rim in the hope it would deter clipping - of course it didn't. Around this time small numbers of halfpennies and farthings were also produced on a round flan.


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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