‚ÄčThe Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

A few random pellets on top of crown. Prominent central chin pellet. Small pellets in field either side of chin.

A line of three fairly indistinct pellets on top of crown. Prominent central chin pellet. Small pellets in field either side of chin. Smaller and more pointed bust than previous two examples. Letter S unusually thin, and with very prominent pellet.

Random pellets, some on stalks, on top of crown. Prominent central chin pellet. Small pellets in field either side of chin.

A few examples of 5h coins: 

Lettering styles as described by Churchill and Thomas (2012) are :....

Sub-class 5h


Issued approximately from 1270 to 1272, the defining feature of 5h pennies is a central fleur of 3 pellets, sometimes in a stacked triangle, but degenerating into a line of pellets. This latter type may consist of 5 pellets with often two smaller pellets either side of a central larger pellet. Some pellets may have their own short stalks. Letter styles are R3 and X6, with X5 rarely occurring.  


The early 5h coins are similar to late 5g ones; i.e. with a tendency towards pointed chins.  Through time degeneration continued through to sub-class 5i and to class 6, with class 7 showing a return to higher quality die cutting.