Irish penny of John

This is another of Roger Paul’s recent finds. It’s an Irish penny of King John, which Roger said is a ‘first’ in many years of detecting.

On the obverse, set within a triangle, is a bust of John holding a sceptre. On the reverse, also within a triangle, is a swirling sun, a large crescent moon and stars in the angles of the triangle.

This coin was struck during the third Irish coinage, circa 1207-11. The moneyer is Roberd and the mint Dublin. At this time Irish pennies were the same standard as those struck in England so they circulated freely in both countries.

Valuation

Roger’s coin looks as if it would grade Fine but the flan looks to be slightly uneven. Pricewise, I’d say £50 – £60 in its present condition.

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