Die Sinkers Signatures on the Long Cross Coinage of Henry III – Ian Heavisides

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.

Henry III (Posthumous) Class 7 Pennies from the London Mint – Part 4: Phelip – Rob Page

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.

A Rare “Cut Half” Rescued from a Leicestershire Field: Henry III, Class 1a – Continental Imitation – Robert Page

A coin recently spotted on a popular online auction site has been identified as a very rare continental imitation of a Henry III class 1a long cross penny.   It was a Leicestershire metal detecting find and is a “cut half” which originated from the German town of Blomberg in Westphalia.  It is not surprising that this continental imitation has been found in Leicestershire as the county had flourishing cloth and wool industries in the first half of the 13th century, and would have been involved in trade with the continent.