Coin reference: CIF1001

Coin reference: CIF2006

A blow-up of part of the obverse, showing a strange symbol ligated to the preceding letter. The symbol has been described as a lion's paw or an elephant. The reason for usage of either is unknown.

On the right is shown the reverse of a genuine class 2b2 Hvge on Norwich for comparison. Coin Ref: NRHG2112.

Class 2 Imitation of William of London


Obv: hENRICUS REX TERIII.  Pellet after REX. Prominent central fleur. Oval eyes. 6-rayed mintmark.


Rev: WIL/LEM/LUN/DON


Notes: Purporting to have been issued by William of London, in fact William did not start issuing coins under his name until class 5c2. ​In the author's collection. [RP-1674].


London Class 1 imitation


Obv: Star and crescent initial mark, Legend illegible. Crude bust.


Rev: RON/ROL/__E/VND    The groups of 3 pellets within each quadrant are joined.

RIC: 5-6


Weight.. 1.12 gm


Notes: Images courtesy of Rickie Rose.

Coin reference: CIF1002

Coin reference: CIF2004

Coin reference: CIF2003

Class 2 Imitation of Nicole of Canterbury


Obv: hENRICUS REX TERCI'.  Straight crown band with multiple pellets below. Tail of the R encroaches the inner ring.  6-rayed mintmark.


Rev: ELO/IHC/OH_/EV_  Note that the ELO may actually be retrograde OLE


Notes: Although the reverse legend is difficult to fully decipher, the obverse appears to be from the same die as the coin illustrated below suggesting this is also imitating Nicole of Canterbury.   Image courtesy of York coins. (H5241) (cf BNJ 65 plate 5, #5)  Ex Patrick Finn list.


​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 

London Class 1b? imitation


Obv: Star and crescent initial mark, hENRICVS (remainder illegible). Crude bust.


Rev: 1st two quadrants almost illegible, followed by /EN perhaps and LVD.   Inscription possibly contains TER and CI', though unclear.


Notes: North 3.  Images courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb, coin auctioned 8th December 2014, part of lot 2591.


Class 2 Imitation of Norwich - Huge.


Obv: hENRICUS REX [T?]ER[N?]+Symbol - see enlargement below.


Rev: DVV/EON/NOR/WIC - where the "D" may be a mis-representation of an "h".

RIC: ~8.5.


Notes:   This type of imitation is discussed in Churchill and Thomas's 2012 book, p.27. They note two similar coins having been found in the Brussels Hoard, and another one in the Colchester hoard. Compare this to the Class 2b Huge of Norwich coin.

Images courtesy of an anonymous collector.

Page updated: July 10th 2017

Coin reference: CIF2002

Coin reference: CIF2005

Class 2 Imitation of Nicole of Canterbury


Obv: hENRICUS REX TERCI'.  Straight crown band with multiple pellets below. Tail of the R encroaches the inner ring.  6-rayed mintmark. Possibly same die as CIF2003/2004.


Rev: __C/IHC/OHC/ANT


Notes:  Images courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb, coin auctioned 17th September 2014, part of lot 2860.


Class 2 Imitation of Nicole of Canterbury


Obv: hENRICUS REX TERCI'.  Straight crown band with multiple pellets below. Tail of the R encroaches the inner ring.  6-rayed mintmark. Appears to be from the same die as the coin illustrated above.


Rev: ELO/IHC/OHC/ANT - with AN ligated.

Weight: 1.50 gm


Notes:  Glenn Schaap Collection. Images courtesy of York coins. (H5245) Ex Patrick Finn List, Summer 1994, 130.


Class 1 & 2 Imitations


Imitations of class 2 coins show TERCI or similar in the obverse legend.   All class 2 imitations are scarce, but any other than those imitating Nicole or Willem pennies of London, or Nicole coins of Canterbury, are rare. Chart shows class 2 imitations in the group from the Brussels Hoard analysed by Churchill and Thomas.