John, cut halfpenny

This is the first of two cut halfpennies, both of which were found by Anthony Hopkinson. I was asked to provide as much information as possible.

This is an example of voided short cross class Vb, which dates from the reign of King John. The class is illustrated in the Standard Catalogue as number 1351. The main distinguishing feature is the shape of the letter X in REX.

On the reverse the legend reads N.WINC+, so Winchester is the mint. However, the name of the moneyer was on the missing half; therefore, whilst I can identify the mint it is impossible to give the name of the person responsible for the issue of the coin.

This cut halfpenny is well struck and with good eye appeal. Even though examples of voided short cross cut halfpennies are now very common, this is better looking than most others I have seen and would be a welcome addition to any collection of detecting finds..

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