Richard I, penny

Jamie New said he thought this hammered silver coin was a voided short cross penny of Henry III. Had he been correct it could have been worth around £25. However, it is earlier and scarcer than a penny of Henry III, for it was struck during the reign of Richard I – otherwise known as the Lionheart.

The reverse legend isn’t altogether clear but the part that can be seen reads +RO – – – ON CAN. Therefore, the moneyer will be Roberd and the mint Canterbury. The lettering is very crude on both sides but this is fairly typical on class IVb pennies of Richard I.

Valuation

There is a flat area on the obverse and the reverse has been struck off centre but the coin is otherwise in Fine condition. It is actually a decent specimen of the class. Pricewise, I’d say £50 – £60.

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