HESH-BE283B: Medieval Coin: short cross penny of John (obverse and reverse)ch

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Unique ID: HESH-BE283B

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A silver short cross penny of John, most probably class V (class 5) struck by the moneyer Adam at the mint in Winchester between AD 1204 - 1207. It is possible that the coin is actually of Class 6 as the form of x in REX is more commonly on these coins. Also noteworthy is the square shaped punched hole positioned at 8 o'clock on the field. The hole has been made from obverse through to reverse. The positionoing of the hole does not suggest the coin was holed to enable it to be worn as a pendant / jewellery.

Evidence of reuse: pierced

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Period of reuse: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.15 g
Diameter: 18.2 mm

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hereford Museum Object Entry Form: HFDMG: 3225

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: John of England
Mint or issue place: Winchester
Category: English coin short and long cross period 1180 - 1278
Type: Short cross class 5, not further defined
Obverse description: Crowned head facing, crown formed of pellets hair crescent and pellets; eyes annulets, beard crude strokes.
Obverse inscription: HENRICVS REX
Reverse description: Short cross divides the field; within each quarter four conjoined pellets
Reverse inscription: A[D]AM ON W[IN]CE
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Farndon

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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