​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

Coin Ref # CIF5093

Class 5 imitation

Unknown mint/Willem?


Obv: BERNhARDV III'.   Oval eyes, necklines. Thick crownband with normal but low central fleur. Pellets between and below hair curls.


Rev: W[IL]/LEN/ONL/ANh

Conventional cross center. RIC: 8-9.5.


​​Notes: Pierced. A coin sold by "Lubicher" on Ebay in October 2016.  Probably an Estonian metal detecting find.

Class 5 Imitation

Nicole, London

Obv: BERNhARDVS III.  Round eyes, no necklines. Normal central fleur.

Rev: NIE/OLE/OHE/LVN - with no ligations. RIC: 9

Notes: A very scarce coin, particularly in this condition. Images courtesy of Rickie Rose.

Class 5 imitation

Renaud?, London


Obv: BERNhARDV III'.   Oval eyes, necklines. Thick crownband with normal but low central fleur. Pellets between and below hair curls.


Rev: RE[_/__]O/NLV/NDE - with ND ligated. Conventional cross center. RIC: 8


​Weight ......................................... 1.27 gm

Notes: Weweler 38 var. Images courtesy of Rickie Rose, a coin from his collection, ex Kunker auction 93, June 2004, ex Karl-August Kennepohl (1922-81) and ex Dr Karl Kennepohl (1895-1958).

Type A2 - Bust without necklines, and a central fleur with rosette, reverse has a rosette in the center

Imitation of Class 5

London, Henri


Obv:   BERNHAR/DV  Oval eyes.  No necklines.  5-pelleted rosette for central fleur. 


Rev: HEN/RIO/NLV/NDE - with EN, NL & ND ligated.  Lippe rosette in centre of cross.


Similar to Weweler Auction, Lot #36


Weight: ............................................ 1.1 gm (Light)


Notes: Found in Perthshire, Scotland by an anonymous metal detectorist, Jan 2014.

Coin Ref # CIF5132

Coin Ref # CIF5139

Page updated: March 23rd 2017

Coin Ref # CIF5503

Class 5 imitation

Henry, London


Obv: BERNhARDV III   Oval eyes, necklines. Normal central fleur.  Pellets between hair curls, but not below.


Rev: hEN/RIO/NLV/NDE - with ND ligated.  Conventional cross center. RIC: 7.5

Notes: Images courtesy of an anonymous collector. 

Coin Ref # CIF5083

Type D2 - Obv without necklines,  standard central fleur with no rosette; the reverse has no rosette in the center.

Type D1 - Obv has necklines, and standard central fleur with no rosette, also the reverse has no rosette in the center

Imitation of Class 5

London, Henri


Obv: BERNhARDV III  Oval eyes.  Thick crown-band with low central fleur, as in English class 5g. Necklines.


Rev: hEI/RIO/NLV/NDE - with ND ligated, and an angular pellet on the N.   ​RIC: 8/8/7/8  No central rosette.


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 28

Number of different C&T types in BH...... 16 

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... n/a

Number of coins of this type in BH.......... 0

Weight ................................................ 1.36 gm


Notes:  Weweler #51. Coin sold by Muenz Auktion, Germany.


CIF 5076

Type C1 - Obv has necklines, and a central fleur with rosette, reverse has a standard Henry III center

Imitation of Class 5

London, Henri


Obv:   BERNHART III.   Oval eyes.  No necklines.  5-pelleted rosette for central fleur. 


Rev: HEN/RIO/NLV/NDE  Rosette in centre of cross.


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 28

Number of different C&T types in BH...... 16 

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... 10.013 sim

Number of coins of this type in BH.......... 1


Notes: Found in Estonia, sold on Ebay, June 2015.  

Coin Ref # CIF5081.

Imitation of Class 5

London, Henri


Obv: BЄ RNH+AR III  Oval eyes.  Unusual 5-pelleted rosette for central fleur. Necklines unclear, but probably present.  


Rev: hEN/RIO/NLV/NDE - with EN, NL and ND ligated.  ​RIC: 11.5/?/?/11.5


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 28

Number of different C&T types in BH...... 16 

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... 10.002

Number of coins of this type in BH.......... 1


Notes:  A rare coin, image courtesy of the owner, Glenn Schaap.  See his website for details of his collection of continental imitations.


CIF 5080

Type A1 - Obv has necklines, and a central fleur with rosette, reverse has a rosette in the center

Imitation of Class 5

London, Henri


Obv: BERNHARDVS III'  AR ligated.  Oval eyes.  No necklines.  


Rev: hEN/RIO/NLV/NDE - with EN, NL and ND ligated.  ​RIC: 9/10/11/11


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 28

Number of different C&T types in BH...... 16 

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... n/a

Number of coins of this type in BH.......... 0


Notes:  Nearly VF, rare, image courtesy of DNW.

Coin auctioned 18th September 2012, lot #2366.

CIF 5078

CIF 5079

Coin Ref # CIF5077

Class 5 Imitation

Henry of London


Obv: BERNhARDV III   Necklines, oval eyes. Conventional central fleur on a thick crown-band.

Rev: hEN/RIO/NLV/NDE - the EN & ND are ligated. The "h" in the 1st quadrant is similar to an "R".  Conventional centre to the cross, no rosette.

Coins of this class & moneyer in BH......... 28   
Number of different C&T types in BH....... 16    
Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... n/a
Number of coins of this type in BH...........  0

Weight............................................................   1.32 gm

Notes: Images: © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Accession number:  PG.6394. The Grierson collection.

Coin Ref # CIF5082

Imitation of Class 5

London, Renaud


Obv:   BERNHARDVS III'  AR ligated. ​Oval eyes.  Necklines.  ​

Rev: REI/AVD/ONL/VND     RIC:?/9/8/8


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 28

Number of different C&T types in BH...... 16 

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... n/a

Number of coins of this type in BH..........  0


Notes:  Renaud of London commenced minting with class 5g in about 1259. Hence this imitation probably was minted about/after 1260.  Rare coin, ex De Wit collection, auctioned 9th October 2007 by Kunker, auction # 130. Lot # 1863. High quality image unavailable at this time.

Imitation of Class 5

London, Nicole


Obv: BR NH+ART III   R is unusual style. Small pellet between R and N.  Oval eyes.  Necklines.  


Rev: HIC/OLE/OHE/LVH     RIC:9/9/9/?


Coins of this class & moneyer in BH........ 28

Number of different C&T types in BH...... 16 

Churchill & Thomas Type for this coin.... 10.015

Number of coins of this type in BH.......... 3


Notes:  Ex Jim Sazama collection. Images courtesy of DNWCoin auctioned 14th March 2012, lot #331.

Bernhard III of Lippe


Lippe is located in the east of North Rhine - 
Westphalia,  Germany. The district of Lippe is named after the Lords of Lippe and their Principality of Lippe . It was a state within the Holy Roman Empire  and retained statehood until 1947, when it became a district of North Rhine-Westphalia.

After 1180, Bernhard II (1167-1196) and his grandson, Bernhard III, consistently expanded the territory of Lippe. By occupying chief ecclesiastical positions in the North German dioceses, authority extended further and further. This house supplied, amongst others, the bishops of Utrecht (Otto II), Paderborn (Bernhard IV, Simon I, Bernhard V, and Simon III), Bremen (Gerhard II), Munster (Otto II) and the Abbess of Herford (Gertrud).  The right of minting dates to 1230.

Of interest from the continental imitations viewpoint is Bernhard III, the son of Lord Herman II  and his wife, Oda of Tecklenburg . His father fell in battle in 1229, and Bernhard III succeeded him as Lord of Lippe. After 1232, he would style himself by the grace of God, and sometimes Count of Lippe.   Through his brother, Bishop Simon I  of Paderbron, he acquired further offices, and reorganized the church in his principality. Bernhard had a dispute with the city of Lippstadt , because it would not allow him to build a castle. He also fought feuds against the cities of Ravensberg and Sternberg, and against the House of Waldeck . His frequent feuds weakened the House of Lippe.


Churchill and Thomas (2012) record 28 Bernhard III coins from the Brussels Hoard, in 16 varieties. 20 of them are imitations of the moneyer Henri; the rest being mainly Nicole. All are sceptre coins based on Henry III coins from the London mint. Some have a rosette in the center of the voided long cross.


On the right is shown a coin of Simon I, who ruled Lippe  from 1273 until his death.  He was a grandson of Bernard III. During his reign Lippe reached its largest territorial extent. The triangle design of the obverse of the coin suggests it was influenced by the Irish coinage of Henry III.