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Mediaeval Penny of King John, Short Cross Type

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1963C373
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1180 - 1247

Maker Information

Mint:Rochester Mint - View history
Moneyer:Hunfrei - View biography for Hunfrei


In the 11th and earlier 12th centuries the designs on English coins were regularly changed, but in the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) the designs became 'immobilised' (left unchanged for a long period). Henry came from France and immobilised coins were common there. Coins like this one, all giving the king's name as 'Henricus', were minted from 1180-1247, that is during the reigns of Henry II, Richard I (1189-1199) John (1199-1216) and Henry III (1216-1272)

Purchased from David Harkness, 1963.

Further Information

Reign:King Henry II
Production Period:Mediaeval
Place of Origin:Rochester, England

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