HESH-C17121: Medieval Coin: Cut Half Penny of John

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Unique ID: HESH-C17121

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A cut halfpenny of King John (1199-1216), struck at the Mint in Canterbury by the moneyer Hue (HVE) between 1207 and 1210.

Class 5c

North: 971

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1205
Date to: Circa AD 1210

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.66 g
Diameter: 17.4 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Cut halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: John of England
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: English coin short and long cross period 1180 - 1278
Type: Short cross class 5c (N 971)
Obverse description: Crowned bust facing with diagonal sceptre. The crown is lost due to the cut nature of the coin. The hair is formed with two pellets and two curls, the beard with lines rather than pellets. In the inscription there is a pellet after R of Rex and also a diagonal saltire like X which is badly worn - this is the only diagnostic feature which suggests Class Vc
Obverse inscription: H[ENRICVS] R_EX
Reverse description: Short cross contained within thick / heavy circlet. In each quarter are 4 pellet conjoined to form a cross pomme. IN the inscription the E has an unusually lare central bar with forked terminals
Reverse inscription: HV[E ON CAN]TE
Die axis measurement: 4 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Bitterley

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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