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John, cut halfpenny

The voided short cross cut halfpenny featured here was recently unearthed by Damon Ward. It’s a nice looking coin and Damon asked if I could provide a full ID.

As I’ve said before, the amount of information that can be gleaned from a cut halfpenny depends on how the coin was cut. In this case I can provide some information but it doesn’t amount to a full ID.

The obverse has characteristics that point towards this being a coin of King John. On the reverse what remains of the legend reads RES.ON. The moneyer must be Pieres but an official of this name was employed at two mints: Durham and Chichester. Therefore, whilst the moneyer is definitely Pieres, it is impossible for me to say at which mint this coin was struck.


Damon’s cut halfpenny is in good condition but the uncertainty about the mint would mean it would be worth no more than £5 – £8. The missing half would be worth more, for that would have the start of the moneyer’s name and the full mint signature. The added value would be because Durham and Chichester are both rare mints.

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