Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Mediaeval Short Cross Halfpenny of King John

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Additional Images

Click on each image below to view at full size:
View image 2 

Basic Information

Accession Number:1995C120
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1199 - 1216

Maker Information

Manufacturer:London Mint - View history


For hundreds of years the only coins minted in England were (with very rare exceptions) silver pennies. If people wanted smaller value coins then they cut the pennies into halves and quarters, making halfpennies and farthings (i.e. 'fourth-ings'). Even a halfpenny like this was a valuable coin. When it was issued, in about 1210, a working man earned 2 pennies for a day's work.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1995.

Further Information

Reign:King John
Production Period:Mediaeval
Denomination:Halfpenny (cut)
Place of Origin:London, England

Associated People


Diameter:18.5 mm