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Henry III halfpenny

Damon Ward asked if I could pin down this cut halfpenny. As I’ve said before, the extent of the information that can be gained from a cut coin depends on what is left of the legends.

Firstly, this halfpenny has characteristics that mark it out as a voided long cross, class Vc coin of Henry III. What remains of the legend on the reverse reads ERT ONC; the E and R are joined together, as are the O and the N. ERT is the last part of the moneyer’s name, which will be Robert; C is the start of the mint signature, which will be Canterbury.


Damon’s halfpenny is a decent specimen in close to VF condition. As examples of cut coins of the voided long cross type are now very common (thanks to detecting finds) this one would be worth no more than £4 – £6.

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