Henry II, penny

Here’s a Tealby’ coinage penny of Henry II, which was found by Andrew Gee. I’ve known Andrew for many years and have identified lots of finds for him. However, like a great many others, we have never met face to face.

On the obverse of Andrew’s find is a faint image of the bust of Henry II. On the reverse the centre is clear but the legend is mostly flat. The flan looks to be perfectly round so this Tealby penny might have been struck at one of the northern mints (Carlisle, Newcastle of Durham). It is a strange fact that the majority of coins of this type were struck to a much higher standard in the north than in the south.

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Despite not being in good condition, a collector on a budget might still be willing to pay £30 – £40 for this Henry II penny.

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