Henry III (Posthumous), Class 7 Pennies from the London Mint, Part Two – Moneyer Renaud – Robert Page

This is the second paper in a set of three on the class 7 coins of the London mint, and this one deals with the coins of the moneyer Reginald de Cantuaria (“Renaud”). The coins of Renaud were minted until c. May 1278 – i.e. for about 75-80% of the period in which class 7 was issued (1275/6 – late 1278), and hence are useful for looking at some of the variations which might be of relevance in any future sub-division of the class.  Three types are outlined for the coins of Renaud, including one type having an unusual double-headed sceptre, not seen elsewhere in the Henry III long cross series.  I continue to look for additional images of class 7 coins for further research and would be pleased to hear from any reader willing to supply class 7 images of any mint or moneyer.

The Lombardic n in York pennies of Edward I Class 3f – Denis Martin

The Lombardic form of the letter n is spasmodically found on obverses of some early issues of Edward I. This article discusses the rare coins struck in York in class 3f from obverse dies produced locally. Both the Royal mint and the Archbishop’s mint produced such coins, the latter being much rarer. An attempt is made to update the situation regarding the corpus of such coins and the numbers of known dies. A peculiar feature of the Lombardic n, which does not seem to have been discussed before, is pointed out. 

Henry III (Posthumous), Class 7 Pennies from the London Mint – Rob Page

This is the first of three planned articles on class 7 pennies from the London mint and deals with an estimate of the number of coins and dies from the London moneyers Reginald de Cantuaria (Renaud) and Phelip de Cambio; later articles will document some observed varieties for each of these moneyers in turn. To extend the study of these coins the author would appreciate receiving images of any London class 7 coins of Renaud or Phelip that readers may have in their collections. Images may be emailed to robtpage@gmail.com

Exchange of dies between London and Canterbury in the 1290’s – Denis Martin

In a recent article on the BNJ Research Blog David Greenhalgh discusses the possible exchange of a LON/DON reverse die recut to read CAN/TOR.  In reply to a comment posted by Ian Heavisides, David added the following response. “We know that dies were sometimes sent from London to Canterbury and back again when there was a need at Canterbury (the class 6b Cant[erbury] comes to mind)” It is the purpose of this short note to amplify the final comment in the above statement.

King John’s Pellets: Die-cutter Signatures? – Robert Page

Observations of the reverses of 48 King John pennies of the moneyer Roberd at Dublin has revealed the presence of pellets on many of the coins. This brief article illustrates the different varieties observed and speculates on their meaning.  Reader comments and suggestions are encouraged, as are comments on additional pellet configurations, including those from other moneyers or denominations.

Henry III Long Cross Pennies – Analysis of the Use of the Letter “H” for an “N” – Robert Page

Throughout the Henry III long cross series one often sees the capital letter “H” used for an “N”.  This usage is not consistent, in that many coins have a mixture of “H” and “N” in their reverse legends. In this small study I have analysed the proportions of different usages of H/N for several mints and moneyers.  This has allowed various conclusions to be made about the die preparation process, and has highlighted some rarer lettering combinations that collectors may wish to look out for.  I would very much welcome feedback on the observations and conclusions presented.

A new obverse local die from the Durham mint of Edward I – Denis Martin

The local dies sunk in Durham around 1300 during the reign of Edward I produced a small series of scarce coins often not recognised by collectors. These coins were discussed by J.J.North in a ground- breaking article in the British Numismatic Journal, 1984. In it he discussed some reverse local dies which carry very distinctive lettering. Only recently discovered is an obverse die with the same unusual lettering. The coin is now in the author’s collection.