1205-1207 Penny – John


The 1205-1207 Penny - John

Silver Penny struck in the reign of King John (although carries the name of Henry II) between 1205 and 1207 at the London mint of moneyer Willelm B. Short cross type. Diameter 18mm, weighs 1.43g. SCBC: 1351. North: 970.

The Short Cross coinage started in 1180 with Henry II and continued through Richard, John and Henry III. All the coins carry the name HENRICVS.

King John did not produce many coin types but they are not usually expensive.

The Obverse shows a crowned head facing.

The Reverse shows a voided short cross with quatrefoils in angles. Legend is "WILLELM ⋅ B ⋅ ON ⋅ LV".

Image credit: CNG Coins.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Provincial mints.
John (1199-1216)
Classification: Hammered coinage. Plantagenet/Angevin

John was born at Beaumont Palace, Oxford on 24 December 1166 to King Henry II and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine. John became King on 27 May 1199 and ruled until his death on 19 October 1216 at Newark castle. He is buried at Worcester Cathedral.

King John was married twice: Isabella, Countess of Gloucester (m. 1189–1199) and Isabella of Angoulême (m. 1200–1216). He was succeeded by his son, Henry III.

King John lost many of the French lands to King Philip II of France. Historians have mixed messages about how good a monarch John was, but to most King John will be remembered for the Magna Carta and probably as the (maybe fictional) adversary of Robin Hood.
General Description: Penny
The Penny is one of the most famous British coins. The coin itself has been around since 600AD and at various times has been struck in silver, copper and bronze. Originally split into halfpennies and farthing, it is now itself the least denomination coin currently in circulation. Made from copper (actually copper plated steel).

Originally there were 12 pennies in one shilling and 240 pennies in £1; since decimalisation in 1973 there are 100 new pence in one pound.

Specifications of the Penny

  • Diameter: (Bronze) 31 mm (since 1860)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Composition:
    • (1707–1796) Silver
    • (1797–1859) Copper
    • (1860–1970) Bronze
  • Years: 1707–1970
Which Mint: Provincial mints
Not all mints are located in a single place. From the Roman days through to the middle ages it was easier to have local moneyers (trusted people who were allowed to mint coins) rather than make the coins centrally and then have the security and logistics problem of distribution.

There were often dozens of mints, sometimes all making the same coin. The variations and mintmarks are exciting for numismatists, although sometimes it takes an expert to analyse them.

Most English Provincial Mints began to close after 1279 when the Royal Mint opened The Tower Mint (called so as it was housed at the Tower of London), although some continued working for much longer. The central mint gave the King and the Master of the Royal Mint much more control over the production and quality of English coinage.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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King John 1199 - 1216 Medieval Coin Hammered - WRL Westair SCARCE
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King John Hammered Silver Irish Penny - Dublin Mint
King John Hammered Silver Irish Penny - Dublin Mint
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1199-1216 King John Silver Hammered Short Cross Penny Adam on Norh - Northampton
1199-1216 King John Silver Hammered Short Cross Penny Adam on Norh - Northampton
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1199-1216 King John Silver Hammered Short Cross Penny Rauf on Lunde London Mint
1199-1216 King John Silver Hammered Short Cross Penny Rauf on Lunde London Mint
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