1222-1229 Penny – Henry III


The 1222-1229 Penny - Henry III

Silver Penny of King Henry III minted between 1222 and 1229 at the Canterbury mint of moneyer Tomas. Short Cross coinage, class VIIb1. Diameter 17mm and weighs 1.44g. SCBC: 1356B. North: 979.

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. The coins were minted in many places, but by 1220s most coins were with made either in London or Canterbury.

There's a massive number of varieties of coins under Henry III's reign. Most are fairly affordable. The quality was generally poor during this period.

The Obverse shows a crowned head facing.

The Reverse shows a voided short cross, with quatrefoils in angles.

Image credit: CNG Coins


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Provincial mints.
Henry III (1216-1272)
Classification: Hammered coinage. Plantagenet.

Henry III, also known as Henry of Winchester, was born on 1 October 1207 in the Great Hall at Winchester. His parents were King John of England and Isabella of Angoulême. Henry became King on 28 October 1216, aged just 9 years old and went on to rule for 56 years.

Besides King of England, Henry was Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine (now part of South France). Henry married Eleanor of Provence in 1236, until his death in 1272.

Henry III died aged 65 on 16 November 1272 at Westminster, London. He was succeeded by his son, Edward I.
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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Henry III Hammered Silver Voided Cross Penny Gilbert on Canterbury
Henry III Hammered Silver Voided Cross Penny Gilbert on Canterbury
£ 60.00
Henry iii Contemporary penny  Probably Continental
Henry iii Contemporary penny Probably Continental
£ 165.00
Henry III Hammered Silver Long Cross Penny * Class 3b * Henri London
Henry III Hammered Silver Long Cross Penny * Class 3b * Henri London
£ 40.00
Henry III 3rd Hammered Silver Penny Coin Ion Norwich
Henry III 3rd Hammered Silver Penny Coin Ion Norwich
£ 99.99
Henry iii Voided Cross penny  S1363  Willem on Wilt  Wilton Mint
Henry iii Voided Cross penny S1363 Willem on Wilt Wilton Mint
£ 245.00
Henry iii Voided Cross penny  S1362B  Ion on Norwiz  Norwich Mint
Henry iii Voided Cross penny S1362B Ion on Norwiz Norwich Mint
£ 110.00
1216-72 Henry III (3rd) Silver Hammered Long Cross Penny Robert on Cant
1216-72 Henry III (3rd) Silver Hammered Long Cross Penny Robert on Cant
£ 48.50
Henry III Voided Long Cross Silver Penny Hammered Coin 3B Bury St Edmunds
Henry III Voided Long Cross Silver Penny Hammered Coin 3B Bury St Edmunds
£ 110.00

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