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Cut halfpenny of Henry II

Martin Arnold sent in the illustrations of this hammered silver cut halfpenny. It’s an example of the cross and crosslets (Tealby) coinage of Henry II and Martin wondered if it would be possible to identify the mint.

As is usually the case with coins of this type, the overall condition isn’t good. There are flat areas on both sides but on the reverse I can see N:N–E.  The first N is part of the copulative (ON) and the second N is the start of the mint signature After the N is a flat area and then what is probably a letter E

I can’t be absolutely certain but the strongest contender for the mint is Norwich, as NORE is a known signature for that mint. Despite the flat areas, this Henry II cut halfpenny is actually an above average specimen for the type.

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