​The Long Cross Pennies of Henry III 


This coin clearly has pellet end ornaments to the crown, X type 2 and round eyes - suggesting sub-class 5a2. However when we look at the two instances of the letter R, the first one is clearly the wedge-shaped R1 whilst the second is either R1 or possibly R2.   R style 1 does occur on 5b2, 5c2 and 5c3.  The round eyes rule out the 5c pennies, and the style of the letter X (X2) leans against all three. The coin appears to perhaps be transitional between 5a2 and 5b2. The reverse of the coin shows clear examples of R2 supporting the 5a2 interpretation - and this is probably C/T type L549. The wedge-shaped R though may confuse many collectors.

However....


.... not all coins neatly fit into the above scheme


Example - a class 5 coin of Ricard of London:

5a2

Round eyes and X2

5a3

Round eyes and X4

5c1

Almond-shaped eyes and X4

5b2

Round Eyes & Normal Central Fleur, X4

5c2

Almond-shaped eyes & Normal Central Fleur, X4

5c3

Almond-shaped eyes & Disjointed Central Fleur, X4

 Classes: 

5g, 5h, & 5i


All have relatively thick crown bands.



Classes  5b2, 5c2, 5c3


All have X4​​

Classes  5a2,  5a3

& Class 5c1




Now look at the style of the letter R on the obverse...








R1 wedge & R1 extended wedge (R4)                R2 - Ball-footed                                           R3

Coins with Sceptre - Class 5


Crowns with Pellet Ends....