​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

Class 5 imitation

Ion on Lincoln


Obv: hCNNRICUS REX III    - note two "N"s with pellet on the first.  CNNR all ligated.


Rev: ION/ONL/INC/OLII - with both "ON"s ligated.


​Notes: Perhaps similar to C/T Brussels Hoard type 10.048.   Images courtesy of DNW, coin auctioned 11th Feb 2015 as part of lot 229.

Class 5 imitation

hVGE on Wilton


Obv: hENRICVS REX III' - NR may be ligated though difficult to see. X type 4. 


Rev: hVG/EON/WIL/TON - wit the first ON ligated but not the second.


​Notes: Three of these coins found in the Brussels Hoard; C/T type 5230. This one a metal detecting find from the Clanfield/Hambledon area in Hampshire. Images courtesy of the finder, Graham Blunden.

CIF5067  

CIF5128

Class 5 imitation

Ion on Carlisle


Obv: h*hECVSRE[X]/III - where * could be a four-petalled flower, not disimilar to the Lippe 5 petalled "roses".  However coin is partially mis-struck, and seems to have turned in the die, so somewhat uncertain.


Rev: ION/ON/C[O?]N/CAR - the C and possible O are ligated, also the AR.


Coins of this type in Brussels Hoard.... None

Weight .............................................. 1.40 gm


​Notes: Coin info courtesy of Ian Dowthwaite. Somewhat poorly struck, with signs of some over-striking on obverse and reverse.  An unusual reverse legend, which appears to be imitating Carlisle, although none of the English Carlisle coins end in /CAR; they are spelled C/ARL or CAR/LEL. As a Carlisle imitation this is a rare coin.

CIF5095

Class 5 imitation

Ion on Lincoln


Obv: hCNNRICUS REX III    - note two "N"s with pellet on the first.  CNNR all ligated.


Rev: ION/ONL/INC/OLII - with both "ON"s ligated.


​Notes: Perhaps similar to C/T Brussels Hoard type 10.048.   Images courtesy of DNW, coin auctioned 11th Feb 2015 as part of lot 229.

CIF5067  

CIF5024

CIF5066

Class 5 Imitation

Ion on Gloucester


Obv: hENRICUS REX III'  Thin crownband, pelleted crown ends and large central fleur.  Wide bust, pointed chin.    


Rev: ION/ON/ELO/VCE - pellet on 2q N.


Notes: A scarce imitation of a provincial mint. Images courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb, coin auctioned Feb 11th 2015 as part of lot # 229 Provenance: Jim Sazama Collection.

​​Class 5 Imitation
Ion on Gloucester


Obv:  Sceptre, class 5b imitation. hENRICUS REX III’.  Oval eyes.  


Rev: ION/ON/ELO/VCE - with pellet on N in 2nd quadrant. This die appears to be the same as that as on a class 3 imitation Gloucester shown elsewhere on this website, and hence helps provide evidence that the class 3 coin is also an imitation.


Notes:  Image courtesy of DNW, coin offered at auction in June 2014 - lot 298.



​​Imitation of Jon of Gloucester


Obv:  No sceptre, class 3 imitation, no colon. hENRICUS REX III’.  Oval eyes.  Mintmark type 3, 6 points. Necklines.


Rev: ION/ON/ELO/VCE - with pellet on N in 2nd quadrant. This die appears to be the same as that as on a class 5 imitation Gloucester shown elsewhere on this website.


Notes:  Image courtesy of DNW, coin offered at auction in June 2014 - lot 298.




Continental Imitations: Class 5 - Provincial Mints


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, Lincoln and Wilton.