Henry III Voided Long Cross Pennies - Continental Imitations

The high reputation of the English coinage at this time made it a target for imitation. The best clues that a coin is imitative are blundered reverse legends and slight differences in the punches used to make the dies. These differences apply both to the letters and to individual elements of the design, such as the crown ornaments and facial details. It is very likely, however, that the most convincing imitations will have deceived modern numismatists just as effectively as they deceived those receiving them in the thirteenth century.

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: Neat bust, hENRICVS REX III'

Rev: RW/IENR/ONC/AN, Imitating the Canterbury mint.  RIC: 9.5-10. 

Weight: 1.39 gm.



£49

Ref # 2203-3032

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: Class 5c2 style. Good quality imitation.

Rev: NIE/ONI/ONC/VND - ON & ND ligated. Similar reverse text to Churchill and Thomas CI# 5.444.

Weight: 1.41 gm.

H3 website CIF-5141

£49

Ref # 2201-3030

Rare Class 5 Continental Imitation - Bernhard III

Obv: BERN[H]ART III. Oval eyes. Rosette central fleur. No necklines.

Rev: hEN/RIO/NLV/NDE - with EN, NL & ND ligated, central rosette. RIC: 9-10. Holed.

Coin was found in  bischofric Ösel-Wiek territory, not far from bischof Heinrich I castle Lihula, a small town in east Estonia.

H3 website: CIF5081 


£275

Ref # 1972-2141

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: hENRICVS REX III,  Sceptre, necklines. Neat bust.

Rev: ARW IENR ONC AN

Reference: North 68. 

Weight: 1.35 gm

£59

Ref # 1915-1360

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: hENRICVS REX II. Sceptre, necklines, oval eyes, wedge-shaped R.

Rev: AN/RW/IER/ONC

£49

Ref # 1845-1327

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: hENRICUS REX III, NR ligated, sceptre, 3 pellets to crown. Round eyes.

Reverse : BIL/HEI/TOL/ENR, OL joined, EN ligated.

Reference: Jeffrey North article in BNJ 65 - number 90.

£89

Ref # 1758-1278

Class 3 & Class 5 Continental Imitations - Same Reverse Die
ION on GLOUCESTER

An unusal pair in that both coins have the same reverse die.  Imitations of class 3c and 5b pennies from a provincial mint. 

Both reverses read ION/ON/GLO/VCE

ex DNW auction June 2014, ex Jim Sazama collection.

Rare...

The two coins together for £279

Ref # 1316-1317

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: Class5 imitation. Round eyes.

Rev: Uncertain Moneyer, blundered legend… (T)ENR/ONC/AN/()()V Possibly Henri/Canterbury. Possibly North 68.

ex Spinks Auction 25/09/2013

Weight: 1.40 gm

£59

Ref # 1717-1251

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: Round eyes; this fact plus shape of crownband suggests an imitation of a class 5b coin.

Rev: Garbled legend: _NC/NRIC/RCI/O__ with the first N being reversed.

A metal detecting find from Kent.

Weight: 1.32 gm


£27

Ref # 2202-3031

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: Well-formed bust of class 5a/5b style.  Legend identical to an English coin, i.e. hENRICVS REX III'

Rev:  ARW IENR ONC AN - suggesting an imitation of the Canterbury mint.

Weight: 1.35 gm

Notes: Ex Jim Sazama collection.

£59

Ref # 1915-1360

Rare Class 2 Continental Imitation

Obv: hENRICUS REX TERCII.

Rev: WIL/LEM/LUN/DEN

These class 2 imitations are rarely seen on the market...

RESERVED

£160

Ref # 1674-1225

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: Note the bent sceptre. Prominent wide necklines.

Rev: WIL/LEM/ONL/VIHD EM & HD ligated with pellet on M, HD ligated.

North 92/107?

ex Spinks Auction 25/09/2013

Weight: 1.33 gm

RESERVED

£65

Ref # 1719-1253

Class 5b Continental Imitation

Obv: Pellets either side of III & above the central fleur. "h" is an I plus crescent. Round eyes. No necklines… unusual for 5a-c/5g imitations. Curved crown-band.

Rev: Rev: Retrograde legend: NIC/OLE/ONL/VND 

ex Spinks Auction 25/09/2013

Weight: 1.33 gm

RESERVED

£75

Ref # 1718-1252

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: hENRICVS REX III' - NR lig., unusual bust, pelleted crown-band.

Rev: NIC/OLC/ONL/VND - q1 "C" displaced, in the 2q a "C" for an "E", NL & ND lig., RIC: 6-7.

H3 website: CIF5127

Weight: 1.24 gm

£49

RESERVED
Ref # 2322-6

Class 3 Continental Imitation

Obv: S (sideways) : REX : II Extra pellets around the X. Double pellet line for beard. 

Rev: ___]/OLE/OIT/[___]

Found in Corpusty, north Norfolk.
May possibbly be a contemporary forgery rather than a continental imitation.

RESERVED

£19

Ref # 1883-1346

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: Oval eyes, R1, X4 - an imitation of class 5c2. Realistic looking, and CI origin mainly revealed by the reverse legend.

Rev: NIC/O[__]/O[_]E/VND - with ND ligated. An approximation of NIC/OLE/ONL/VND.

Weight: 1.42 gm


Sold

£49

Ref # 2239-3067

Class 5 Continental Imitation

Obv: hENRCIVS REX III Note the mis-spelling.

Rev: DCI/RIO/NLV/NDI.

Weight: 1.40 gm

Notes: Type absent from the Brussels Hoard, but similar reverse spelling seen on a class 3 BH imitation.

Spinks Auction 25/09/2013, Part of Lot 363.

Sold

£59

Ref # 1721-1255