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Henry II Tealby type penny

Alex Hilton asked if I could provide him with more information about this Henry II Tealby type penny, which was unearthed a few weeks since.

A large hoard of coins of this type was discovered at Tealby in Lincolnshire in 1807 and that is how the type acquired its name. Because of their poor condition, many coins went straight into the melting pot.

In the legend on the reverse of this example I can make out what looks like N.CA. The N could be the second letter of ON, the C is square and the A badly formed. If my reading is correct (I could not guarantee it) then the mint could be Canterbury. The obverse is mostly flat but from what I can see of the image of King Henry it might belong to class C.

The Tealby coinage must rank as the most badly produced series that ever circulated in England. However, there were a few exceptions. The Northern mints – Carlisle, Durham and Newcastle – all managed to produce decent looking coins, which were mostly well struck on round flans.

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