Canterbury, Willem. Initial mark mm2.
Bury St Edmunds, Jon. Initial mark mm2.
The introduction of class 2 is marked by a change in the obverse legend to hENRICVS REX TERCI'. The first class 2 pennies, sub-class 2a, have a bust of class 1 type and typically initial mark type 2 or a variation thereof. These were issued prior to the expansion of minting to the provinces. Sub-class 2b pennies were the first to be minted in the provincial mints; they have a characteristic narrower bust, and usually initial mark type 3.
In Ron Churchill's book on the Mints and Moneyers of the Brussels Hoard he outlines the timing of these class 2 coins - he mentions concerns related to the lack of coinage in remoter parts of the country following the introduction of the voided long cross pennies. Consequently class 2 dies were sent out from London to Canterbury and Bury and then the provincial mints as soon as possible. Churchill believes that London would have started to strike class 2a coins in mid-December 1247, with Canterbury following about two weeks later - i.e on/about the start of 1248. Bury, Churchill believes, started minting around 16th December 1247.
The provincial mints commenced a little later, and starting with sub-class 2b.Class 2a coins are thus known for London, Bury and Canterbury only. A selection of obverses is shown further down the page. A feature of class 2a is that they are the first VLC pennies to return to the practice of giving the moneyers' name on the reverse.
Mints and moneyers are:
Canterbury: Nicole & Gilbert, and Willem.
London, Nicole. This is maybe a late 2a; note the unusual initial mark.