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The Canterbury Mint


The second most important mint after London; actually two mints - The Royal mint and the Archbishop's mint were housed in the same building.  The Archbishops mint was under the control of Gilbert de Bonnington during the period up until the appointment of Richard l'Espec in 1268. No coins of the latter were found in the Brussels Hoard - thus providing an important piece of dating evidence.  Obverse die sharing between the two mints ocasionally occurred.  In addition to the Archbishops moneyer Gilbert, there were almost a dozen Royal moneyers.   The fist coins issued from Canterbury were of class 1b under the authority of Nicholas of St Albans, though  his name is not shown on these class 1b coins. Nicholas worked concurrently at London too.