​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

Page updated :September 2017


Continental Imitations: Class 5 - London - Moneyer: Nicole

Imitations of class 5 VLC pennies are the most numerous in the Brussels hoard. Again, London and Canterbury are the predominant mints imitated, though there are class 5 imitations of some of the provincial mints, despite the fact that these mints were not operating at the time class 5 coins were being minted; examples include Gloucester and Wilton.  

Class 5 Imitation

Nicole, London

Obv: hENRICUS REX:III - the N is reversed.  Short and unusual bust, thin crown-band.  Round eyes.

Rev:  NIC/OLE/ONL/VND - with ON and ND ligated. Pellets on N in 3q/4q.      No exact match in Brussels Hoard.   RIC: 7.

Notes:  Images courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb, coin auctioned Feb 11th 2015, part of lot # 63. Provenance: Jim Sazama collection.



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

Rev: Retrograde legend: NIC/OLE/ONL/VND spelt backwards.

Note: Spinks Auction 25/09/2013, part of lot #227.   [RP-1718].



Obv: hENRICVS REX III' - NR ligated, unusual bust appearance, unlike normal English types.

pelleted crown-band (as in some Irish issues).

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

Weight........................................... 1.24 gm

Notes: Coin courtesy of Roy Norris, and purchased from Saxbys. Coin appears to most likely be a continental imitation rather than a forgery.