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YORYM-21BC4C: Medieval Coin : Cut halfpenny of Henry I

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Unique ID: YORYM-21BC4C

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A Medieval, silver, cut halfpenny of Henry I (AD 1100-1135) dating to c. AD 1107. Obverse depicts crowned bust three-quarters right; in field right, three stars. Reverse depicts cross patee over saltire with annulets at end of each arm. The annulets appears as pellets on this example. Ref: North 1994 (Vol I, no.862); Spink 2013, no. 1267.

Diameter: 18.3mm, thickness: 0.6mm, 0.5g.

This coin has been issued a EMC/SCBI catalogue number: 2019.0193. There are currently 35 examples of this coin type recorded nationally on the EMC/SCBI database, seven of which are cut halfpennies. Of the 35, there are three which have a secure Yorkshire provenance: Market Weighton (2010.0078), Beverley (2012.0020), and York (2016.0188).

With thanks to Dr Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum for confirming the identification of this coin and commenting on the wider corpus in Britain.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1107

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 0.5 g
Diameter: 18.3 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E06217

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Cut halfpenny
Ruler/issuer: Henry I of England
Category: Coin of Norman and Early Plantagenet England 1066-1180
Type: Henry I BMC vi (N 862)
Obverse description: Crowned bust three-quarters right, holding sceptre in right hand and pointing with left; in field right, three stars.
Obverse inscription: [HENRIC REX]
Reverse inscription: [...]ND[...]

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Cottam

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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