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Tealby type penny of Henry II

Colin Barton said he unearthed this coin on the 15th of February. He thought it was a Tealby penny but asked if I could tell him anything more about it.

Firstly, this is a Tealby (cross and crosslets) type penny of Henry II. The standard of striking of this type is the worst of any coinage in the whole hammered silver series. Colin’s find is a good example, for it is in close to its ‘as struck’ state but the flan is irregular and half flat.

Despite the fact that this penny is in poor condition, three letters preceded by a colon can be seen on the reverse – they are :GIP. Therefore, even though I can’t pin the coin down to a type, or identify the moneyer, I can say that the mint will be Ipswich.

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