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.
This is the companion paper to the 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. I remain very interested in seeing images of any further class 7 coins, of any mint or moneyer, and can be contacted using the comment facility below. 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 of Renaud of London (Link) Henry III (Posthumous) Class 7 Pennies, Part 4: Phelip (Link)
This article continues the series on the class 7 pennies of Edward I issued in the name of Henry III. The coins of Phelip from the London mint are the moneyer/mint combination most commonly seen, and in this study nearly 40 reasonably well preserved specimens have been studied and assigned to a number of different die groups. In a companion article, to be issued shortly, I will illustrate examples of all the known dies for Phelip. My thanks go to the collectors who have kindly let me have images of their coins.
The purpose of this brief note is to record a new Drogheda penny variant of Edward IV’s second cross and pellets Irish coinage.
A metal detecting find of a Henry II short cross penny appears to be from previously unpublished dies of Turkil of York. The article describes and discusses the coin, and concludes it is a class 1a2 penny, or a 1a2/1a1 mule, both of which have not previously been published for Turkil. The condition of the coin does not allow a firm identification at this time, and we hope that further examples from these dies will emerge in due course and allow a firm identification.
A description and discussion of a rare Irish coin dating to Richard III’s reign, with conclusions drawn as to it’s likely origin, and how it may relate to other similar coins of the period.
In one of the last Issues of Spink’s Numismatic Circular (April 2012 Volume CXX Number 1) I wrote a short Article on the subject of two additional varieties of Pre-Treaty Series Pennies of Edward III. In the interval a further example of a Series G Mule Penny has recently come to light. As a result I thought that it may be worthwhile reproducing the original article to provide a context and reference to earlier work, and to provide a greater degree of accessibility within the written record. As with my earlier Blog I reproduce the original article and then have added an image and description of the new Series G mule. If readers become, or are, aware of any further examples then please leave a comment / image below.
In one of the last issues of Spinks Numismatic Circular (May 2011) I wrote a short Article on the subject of a further pair of Obverse and Reverse Dies used at York Mint for the early Type IB Pence of Richard II. In the light of yet another example coming into my possession, I thought it might be worthwhile reproducing the Article as a contribution to the BNS Research Blog to give the subject a potentially wider circulation with possibly a greater degree of permanence within the written record. Firstly, I reproduce the original Article, and have then added the additional coin, which is currently identified as part of the this die sequence. If readers of this Blog are aware of any further examples then please leave a comment/image below.
During an extensive re-listing of my collection I came across this Mule Penny which is described here. Effectively the current Corpus of Series G Pennies from London are only recognised as starting with Gc Obverses but this coin is clearly a Gb Obverse (Annulet Stops not Saltires) matched to a Gf reverse.