SUSS-5EFA2A: Medieval Coin: short cross penny of Henry III.

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Unique ID: SUSS-5EFA2A

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A severely double-struck Medieval short cross penny of Henry III. Probably Class 7b, dating from c. AD 1222-c. 1236. Uncertain moneyer. Probably Canterbury mint. Cf. North 1994 Vol I, p. 223, no. 979, (A)-(D).

The letter A is square in shape on the reverse, in keeping with the style of Class 7b. In addition, the style of the hair curls is similarly upturned and crescentic. The bust is positioned very close to the lower inner circle, with a ringed collar. The letter x in 'REX' is very small, with soft edges.

The double-striking on this coin is quite severe, with two copies of the same obverse positioned at a perpendicular angle to each other, moving clockwise. The reverse is much more difficult to read, with possibly more than two strikes, completely obliterating most of the reverse decoration and legend.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1222
Date to: Circa AD 1236

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.84 mm
Weight: 1.38 g
Diameter: 17.85 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 27th May 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Stephanie Smith
Identified by: Miss Stephanie Smith

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Henry III of England
Mint or issue place: Canterbury
Category: English coin short and long cross period 1180 - 1278
Type: Short cross class 7b (N 979)
Obverse description: Double-struck: Crowned bust facing, holding sceptre in right hand; no chin and short face; round collar and crescentic hair curls with no pellets.
Obverse inscription: [hENR]ICVS R-EX
Reverse description: Double-struck: Voided short cross with quatrefoil in each quadrant.
Reverse inscription: [...] CAN[...]

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Sussex (County)
District: Lewes (District)
Parish or ward: Barcombe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ4216
Four figure Latitude: 50.92598606
Four figure longitude: 0.01911034
1:25K map: TQ4216
1:10K map: TQ41NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Woodland

References cited

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