In 2000 an unusual coin was found muling a Short Cross obverse of class VIa1 with a previously unrecorded reverse die reading +IOHANNESOND. The note publishes the coin and suggests the coin could be a pattern for King John’s Irish REX coinage. The author also discusses documentary evidence that leads him to suggest revised dates for the REX coinage.
Illustration and discussion of some of the rare Henry III class 5g coins of John de Burnedisse at the Bury Mint.
Since uploading the article on Phelip dies in June, and updating it in September, three more coins of Phelip have emerged, and these are described in this brief article. Two are examples of known dies, and one represents newly discovered dies, with some unusual features. An update is also provided on the number of known class 7 coins and dies. Earlier article: Henry III (Posthumous) Class 7 Pennies – Part 5, Phelip of London – Die Illustrations, updated Sept.’21.
This article completes the survey of class 7 pennies, and covers the rare coins from the Bury and Durham mints.
A brief note documenting a few interesting points concerning the 1969 Colchester Hoard.
Coins of Class 2a, are relatively scarce yet the varieties that exist suggest that there was some degree of experimentation before the more consistent forms of 2bi and 2bii were arrived at. This has made any form of analysis or breakdown into sub-groups extremely difficult. This article suggests a means of dividing class 2a into two parts and identifies two further sub-groups 2ab1 & 2ab2, which could be confused with the coins of class 2b but which may well predate the issue. The article concludes with a brief table of the details of the four types identified.
Almost immediately after publication of the original article on the use of a unique style of letter R by a die sinker to identify his work, two rare examples came up for sale on Ebay; one for Robert on Canterbury and one for Ricard L’Espec (le Specer, le Spicer) at the same mint. The coins of Richard L’Espec are all very scarce and he is one of the few moneyers for whom we have specific dates. His appointment was recorded in April 1268 and he was recorded as “Late” by 23rd September 1271 1 , giving us an approximate period over which R 2 coins were produced. As to Robert, there is some confusion over who he actually was as there were a number of Roberts who could have held the dies at the time 2 . However, thanks to the coin of Richard, it appears that the use of the unique R 2 to identify the moneyer’s work took
A short piece highlighting the attempt to seize and hold the English throne by Prince Louis of France during the time that the short cross pennies were being issued.
Often unusual letter forms that are out of place in a particular class are dismissed as errors or die sinkers whims and of little real significance. This article explores the idea that at least some irregularities were very deliberate attempts by the die sinker to identify his work. In this article the work and signature letter of a particular die sinker is followed through from its introduction in Class 5b2 through to Class 5h and concludes with a table that shows in which classes this unique “signature” can be found. I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who has additional examples of these letter styles; I can be contacted via the comment section below. Since publishing this article an update has been produced – please see the August 7th blog article.
This is the companion paper to a recently published article introducing the different groups of dies for Phelip. A little longer than the usual blog article, it serves as a useful record of all the dies that I’ve been able to locate. 15/9/21 Update:Since publishing the article in June, an additional four coins have come to light; one of these being from new dies. The article has therefore been revised to incorporate these. It may reasonably be assumed that there are additional dies yet to locate, and readers are urged to send me details of any class 7 pennies they may have, and this article will be further updated if and when necessary. Links to previous articles in this series are as follows: Henry III (Posthumous), Class 7 Pennies from the London Mint (Link) Henry III (Posthumous), Class 7 Pennies from the London Mint, Pt 2 – Renaud (Link) Henry III (Posthumous) Class 7 Pennies, Part 3 – The Dies