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Henry II Halfpenny

This is one of two finds that came in from Colin Barton, who asked for them to be identified. This is a cross and crosslets type cut halfpenny of Henry II; otherwise known as the Tealby type after a large hoard was discovered there in the early 19th century.

The standard of striking of pennies of this type was very poor. They are often flat in places, off centre and struck on irregularly shaped flans. The only mints that produced pennies of a reasonable standard were in the north at Durham, Carlisle and Newcastle.

All that can be seen on the obverse of Colin’s halfpenny is the nose and moustache of the king. On the reverse two crosslets and one letter of the legend are the only things that show up. On the plus side, it is definitely a cut halfpenny of Henry II.


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